Brain training can help fight dementia
AUSTRALIAN researchers have found that computer-based brain training can improve memory and mood in older adults with mild cognitive impairment.
A team from the University of Sydney reviewed research spanning more than 20 years, looking at 17 randomised clinical trials that included nearly 700 participants.
The results showed that brain training could lead to improvements in cognition, memory, learning and attention, as well as psychosocial functioning, including mood and self-perceived quality of life, in people with mild cognitive impairment.
Lead author Dr Amit Lampit from the School of Psychology commented:“Our research shows that brain training can maintain or even improve cognitive skills among older people at very high risk of cognitive decline – and it’s an inexpensive and safe treatment.”
Those with mild cognitive impairment experience a decline in memory in addition to other cognitive skills, with the condition also one of the strongest risk factors for dementia.
Sufferers have a one-in-10 risk of developing dementia within a year, and this risk is even higher in those with depression.
Brain training can be used to help treat mild cognitive impairment by improving memory and thinking skills through the use of computer-based exercises designed to feel like video games that challenge the brain. – AFP