There is increasing interest in brain fitness and reminiscence because of the need to stimulate the hippocampus area of the brain (where memory is stored) and the prefrontal cortex (where executive functions, reasoning, internal goal setting, personality, and decision making happens). One or both regions of the brain are typically impacted with Alzheimer's disease.

Cognitive or brain fitness computer systems are now in place in thousands of senior living communities across the country. But retirement community activity directors or life enrichment directors have also begun embracing brain fitness ideas that are not just on the computer -- especially effective for the large percentage that isn't particularly interested in sitting in front of a computer with headphones on. Instead or in addition to brain fitness computers, a growing number are implementing LifeBio's reminiscence program which includes Life Story Journals, Storyboards, Story Cards, and 8-week classes that can be offered on the campus. In addition, for those who are computer savvy, there is also access granted to special areas of with online access to MemoryBio materials (for Alzheimer's and dementia care) and the online autobiography template too.

A new study this fall will show outcomes from LifeBio's approach, but there is clear feedback from the older adults in the LifeBio program that brain fitness and reminiscence are a logical pairing. Because it's an enjoyable experience, we also see an increase in happiness and social engagement as part of the benefits.