George O'Hare, 81, a retired Sears manager from Willowbrook, Ill., is seen at his home Wednesday, April 16, 2008. According to new eye-opening research, the happiest Americans are the oldest, and older adults are much more socially active than the stereotype of the lonely senior suggests. The research rings true for O'Hare, who is active with church, AARP and does motivational speaking. His wife is still living, and he's close to his three sons and four grandchildren. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
In a St. Joseph Health Scene report, new research is suggesting formal brain exercises won't help healthy seniors. The report says they shouldn't bother spending money on computer games and websites promising to ward off mental decline. Instead, day to day activities from reading to crossword puzzles are probably just as effective if not more effective.