We all know how important it is to stay mentally sharp as we age. There are many ways to maintain and improve our mental fitness, though in recent years, using computer software consisting of cognition-enhancing games has become one of the most popular. Usually fees are associated with this type of software, but now Garland library cardholders can access the same type of mental improvement activities for free through Brain HQ, part of the Garland Library Online.
Featured on NBC’s Today Show in July 2016, Brain HQ was developed by neuroscientists and utilizes exercises that have made real improvements in brain function based on proven studies. Brain HQ offers more than two dozen brain-training games intended to improve a user’s attention span, brain speed, memory, people skills, intelligence and navigation. Essentially, Brain HQ helps users think faster, focus better and remember more.
Each Brain HQ exercise continuously adapts to an individual user’s performance, allowing the user to challenge himself with progressively tougher activities. Users can track their progress and compare their scores to other users their age and in their demographic.
Brain HQ users have two convenient ways to access the resource—through the public computers at any Garland library location, or remotely on many Internet-connected devices, such as home computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones. All that is required is a valid Garland library card and PIN.
To access Brain HQ, visit Library.GarlandTX.gov and click on Library Portal, then Online Resources. Next, click on the Health Resourcessubject area and select Brain HQ. Enter a Garland library card number and PIN to get started.
To apply for a library card, present a current, correct Texas Driver’s License or ID at any Garland library location.