Activity: Is Brain Health Training a Moral Obligation?

Let’s Discuss Together: Is Brain Health Training a Moral Obligation?

Discussion groups offer us the opportunity to explore, synthesize and share our ideas and opinions on a relevant topic.  From a cognitive perspective, they provide a valuable path to challenge our processing skills, extend our attention and focus, work out our executive reasoning, control and synthesis, and express our feelings in an open and supportive environment.

For this month’s activity, we suggest you hold a discussion on the topic of Dr. Green’s article, Do We Have a Moral Obligation to Provide Brain Wellness Training? Share the article with your group, then come together to discuss the topic.

Here are some suggested questions to get your discussion started:

  • Green suggests that we have reached a “turning point” where we should move from suggestion to prescription when it comes to brain health. As a society, how do we know when we have reached a turning point? What informs that kind of decision in your opinion?
  • One of the factors cited by Dr. Green is the overwhelming societal and personal burden of dementia. Do you feel that we have a moral responsibility to reduce that risk, both for ourselves and for others? And what in your opinion makes (or does not make) that decision a moral one?
  • Both the Lancet Commission and Dr. Green emphasize that brain health training should be compelling and engaging. Dr. Green mentions a few “out of the box” ways that brain health training could be made more appealing, such as gamification. How would you like to learn about brain fitness? What would you find engaging, challenging and appealing?

Bonus! Share the highlights of your discussion with us!  Email key points and some photos of your discussion to for a possible feature in an upcoming TBH newsletter or in our social media.