A new study by UCLA researchers finds that regular use of computerized memory and language training can help seniors.
Age-related memory decline affects approximately 40 percent of older adults. The cognitive decline is characterized by self-perception of memory loss and a decline in memory performance.
This was one of the first studies to assess the cognitive effects of a computerized memory training program. Researchers found that dedicated use of the program significantly improved memory and language skills among older adults.
In the study, researchers followed 59 participants with an average age of 84. Participants were recruited from local retirement communities.
Seniors were divided into two groups. The first group used a brain fitness program for an average of 73, 20-minute sessions, over a six-month period; the second group performed 45 20-minute sessions times during the same period.
The first group demonstrated significantly higher improvement in memory and language skills, compared to the second group. Researchers said the study’s findings confirm that brain fitness tools may help improve language and memory.
Experts say that computer-aided training may ultimately help protect individuals from the cognitive decline associated with aging and Alzheimer’s disease.
Previous studies have shown that engaging in mental activities can help improve memory, but little research has been done to determine whether the numerous brain fitness games and memory training programs on the market are effective in improving memory.