A couple of nights ago, I heard the trashcans rattling.
I ran to the door ready to chase the darn raccoons away — again — but it wasn’t raccoons. It was a couple of kids who walked right into my trashcans while playing that Pokémon game on their phones.
The two kids showed me the “rare” monster that was hiding in my trash and went on their way.
They were just kids being kids; but believe it or not, there’s a small army of ADULTS out there wandering onto roadways, off cliffs and down dark alleys looking for Pokémon.
Don’t people have jobs anymore?
While most videogames are a huge waste of time for anyone over 14, there’s at least one out there that YOU might want to play — because new research shows it can protect you from one of the most devastating diseases of aging.
In fact, this silly game might even be the Holy Grail of modern medicine.
I don’t say that lightly. But there’s no other way to put it — because this brain-training game can cut your risk of dementia almost in half.
There’s not a drug in the world that can do that, my friend.
Even brain-boosting supplements, as good as some of them are, can’t deliver those kinds of results.
But this game can.
It’s called Double Decision, and you have to match images of cars and spot road signs after they flash on the screen.
I gave it a shot. It’s harder than it sounds, because the game always stays ahead of you. As you get better, it gets tougher — and as you get better still, it gets even tougher.
But if you’re a little older, your brain could some toughening up, because these little matching exercises boost what’s known as your speed of visual processing — or one of the first parts of the brain to go down the toilet as you get older.
You can play Double Decision for free right here, although you have to give them an email address or Facebook account before they’ll let you try it.
Like I said, it’s tricky at first, but give it a shot and stick with it. The folks in the study who got the biggest benefits played an hour at a time, twice a week, for five weeks, then had some booster sessions one year and three years later.
The company has a few other games, too… but while some are free, the others will cost you a few bucks, and it’s not clear if any of them come with brain-boosting benefits.
But if they get the gears of your mind turning, it’s probably not a bad thing.
Who knows, maybe even that Pokémon game has some benefit… just watch out for my trashcans.