Apps and websites that offer games that aim to help users stay sharp as they age have taken off. Healthy Brains is an app from the Cleveland Clinic that takes a different approach, helping users understand the medical and lifestyle risk factors that increase the risk of cognitive impairment later in life.
The app starts with a general assessment followed by practical tips on changes that users can make now, like exercising and adjusting alcohol intake. The app also has a memory test that users can take over time for self-tracking, particularly if they are implementing the recommended changes. Wearables like pedometers can also connect to the app.
Of note, use of the app requires enrollment in a research registry based at the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.