Online Games Shown to Aid Memory Skills and Reasoning in Older Adults

Online Games Shown to Aid Memory Skills and Reasoning in Older Adults
In a recent study published in the journal JAMDA, a team of researchers from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King's College London determined that online games that challenge memory and cognitive skills could beneficially improve daily life for older people. The team demonstrated specifically that an online brain-training package not only improved memory and reasoning skills but also the capacity to carry out routine tasks like shopping, navigating public transport, cooking, and managing personal finances. Evidence from previous small-scale studies has shown potential for brain training in the improvement of memory skills; however, the results have been inconclusive. The new study, sponsored by the Alzheimer's Society, is the largest randomized control trial to date investigating the effects of an online brain-training package, and the first to assess the influence of computerized brain training on the performance of everyday tasks. The brain-training package comprises three cognitive tasks, like balancing weights on a seesaw, and three problem-solving activities, like putting numbered tiles in numerical order. Researchers gathered data from almost 7,000 adults over 50 years of age recruited from the general population through a collaboration between the Medical Research Council, the BBC, and the Alzheimer'
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