New technology brings surprising and positive findings for living a full and active life while investing only a little extra time and effort. Technology developed with Seniors in mind helps an older population stay sharp, interested and informed.
Move Over Junior; Grampa’s Turn to Play Video Games!
Parents who are concerned about unplugging their kids from social media and computer games should consider passing the controller to Grandma and Grandpa. Research is showing computer-based exercises are good for an aging brain. Computer generated activities specifically boost information processing skills, increase memory and enhance reasoning. Targeting short-term memory with specific activities is also beneficial. Researchers believe the benefits of brain training are advantageous for improving general cognitive health. Training for specific area positively affects other portions of the brain.
The Brain Train Game
Because of this success, many companies are now marketing the idea of “brain fitness” and targeting Baby Boomers. Meticulous research on computer games and exercises has ensured they are making a difference. Lumosity is one popular program and is based on neuroscience research.
Rigorous testing is required to identify the actual effects a training program has on the brain. Individual studies show a placebo effect when participants are told they are participating in a brain training exercise. In a 2014 study, an intelligence test was given before and an hour after the exercise. Results showed those who knew they were going to be given a program to test brain training scored 5 to 10 points higher than those who knew only they were participating in a study but were never told anything about the purpose of the test.
Exercising the Grey Matters
Mike Merzenich, the founder of Posit Science, has used his experience in neuroscience to develop two computer-based training programs. IMPACT is a program improving auditory processing speed and accuracy. The spillover effects show improvement in memory and attention. The IMPACT program was tested nationally and was met with overwhelming success. Merzenich believes typical 70-year-old brains may be able to improve to the point where they work as well as 59-year-old brains.
On the Other Hand
In the past studies showing Elders who had regularly participated in activities stimulating the brain were not as likely to have cognitive impairment as those who were primarily sedentary. Keeping active mentally and physically is known to decrease the incidence or level of Dementia regardless of educational levels and socio-economic status. The key to a healthy brain is activity and mental engagement. Technology believes a new approach will lead to fun for all ages.
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