Per, there are many studies that describe protective activities, or even generative activities, that increase the number of brain cells and neuronal (brain cell) connections (synapses). A notable example is The Nun Study that suggests that positive changes in lifestyle might help to maintain your cognitive abilities. The Nun Study is a longitudinal study started in 1986. A group of nuns took a battery of cognitive tests on a yearly basis. They also donated their brains to science. The nuns who showed loss of gray matter but not loss in cognitive function, demonstrated early language ability and kept on learning throughout life, doing puzzles, actively reading and making efforts to continue using their brains. In September 2013Nature magazine published research that supports the suggestion that video games can improve cognitive functions for older adults. Using a custom-designed video game the study was composed of 60- to 85-year-olds who played the game, a similar group that didn’t and a comparison group of untrained 20-year-olds. The trained group of 60- to 85-year-olds achieved levels of “cognitive control” above those of the untrained 60- to 85-year-old and even above those of the untrained 20-year-olds. The trained 60- to 85-year-old group experienced benefits in attention and working memory that persisted 6 months later. So, it’s time to take more courses, read more actively, play more scrabble, try more crossword puzzles, take more walks and engage your children or others in video games. SumQuest, an addition-based game designed with the aim of boosting mental maths ability, caters for all age and skill levels and is the perfect game to give your brain a workout and is free to download. Click on the links on the homepage or visit to download from the iStore and to download from the Play Store. Don’t forget to rate and review SumQuest in the Stores!