The online world provides us with instantaneous responses to any sort of question we are able to imagine, educational opportunities beyond what we might have thought of a generation ago, socialization enhancement, and so much more. Among the most worthwhile online innovations for those who are in the senior care industry is brain training applications, computerized mind games and puzzles that promote enhanced cognitive functioning. But just how well do they actually work? Are there real benefits to seniors playing video games?
AARP has been recently looking into precisely that, sharing outcomes in an interesting report, Engage Your Brain. And even though additional studies are necessary to better grasp the long-term impact of mind-stimulating exercises, what we can say for sure is that neuron connections can be improved through learning, resulting in the brain’s power to transform structure, function, and also chemistry, a concept known as brain plasticity. This ability remains in place as the brain ages.
In one particular study, the Advanced Cognitive Training for Independent and Vital Elderly (ACTIVE), seniors’ cognitive performance as well as memory demonstrated a fantastic change for the better of as much as 63% when utilizing online cognitive training programs. Besides that, elders who took part in the study showed a 48% less chance of causing auto accidents, and could actually more effectively handle such day-to-day responsibilities as money management, taking medications, and more.
Dr. Michael Merzenich, co-founder of Posit Science (creators of the Brain HQ program), has managed a series of scientific studies to better establish the results of select online brain strengthening applications, specifically, whether cognitive decline can be lessened or slowed down. Final results suggested a noticeable improvement in memory, with participants’ memory recall equal to individuals ten years their junior. In contrast, exercises such as crossword puzzles didn’t demonstrate an influence on cognitive decline, with aging adults who consistently engage in crossword puzzles still behind the younger generation in their particular degree of performance. However, in comparison with other seniors who didn’t do crossword puzzles, functioning does seem to be a bit improved. Dr. Merzenich explains it as, “Crossword puzzles might improve your cognitive function, but it’s equally likely that having good cognitive function encourages you to do crossword puzzles.” Dr. Merzenich analyzes his results in more depth in this TED Talk.
It’s necessary for individuals to sufficiently research online programs that guarantee to boost a senior’s memory or cognitive performance level, as there have been a few businesses recently who’ve been shown to wrongly advertise such promises.
Regency Home Care offers opportunities for senior citizens to optimize cognitive functioning through mentally stimulating games, reminiscing, socialization and much more. Contact us for in-home suggestions for your client or senior loved one and to learn more about our Roswell home care services!