Online games improve daily lives of over-50s

Published 05.11.2015 00:00

British scientists have revealed that online brain training games positively influence the daily lives of the elderly. Research conducted at King's College University with 7,000 subjects above 50 years of age over a six-month period demonstrated that mind-developing games increase cognitive skills and facilitate daily life activities. According to the BBC, the subjects were asked to play certain online games for 10 minutes, while the control group carried out basic internet research. Researchers conducted medically-approved cognitive tests in three-month periods to assess their grammatical thinking and memory. Their every-day activities like using the phone and shopping were also observed. Researchers said that the elderly who played mind-developing games at least five times in a week developed significant improvement in their lives. Dough Brown of the Alzheimer Society said, "Online brain training is rapidly growing into a multi-million pound industry and studies like this are vital to help us understand what these games can and cannot do." A new study also started at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at King's to examine whether this practice can prevent the development of dementia. "While this study wasn't long enough to test whether the brain training package can prevent cognitive decline or dementia, we're excited to see that it can have a positive impact on how well older people perform essential everyday tasks," Brown continued. In previous studies, experts concluded that online mental exercise does not affect people under 50.

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