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5 Memory Effects Playing Computer Games Has on Seniors

By    |   Tuesday, 31 May 2016 06:43 PM

As people age, memory is one function that naturally begins to decline. To keep the brain strengthened and to improve memory function in seniors, experts recommend playing computer games.

According to Healthline, the brain’s pathways “dry up” and memories are affected as people age. Whether a person experiences memory loss due to dementia or Alzheimer’s disease or normal aging, choosing activities such as computer games, which encourage the firing of synapses and keep pathways active, can strengthen and improve memory.

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Computer games can significantly improve memory function in seniors, according to scientists at the University of California San Francisco. Especially influential are 3-D video games, which help improve cognition and memory in seniors, validating the power and elasticity of the human brain.

According to UCSF professor and researcher Dr. Adam Gazzaley, the study reveals a “common neural basis of cognitive control that is enhanced by the challenging and high-interference conditions of the video game, and this might explain how racing a car in 3-D could improve something as seemingly unrelated as memory.”

WebMD and AARP point out five positive effects on memory that playing computer games may have on seniors.

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1. Improved split-second decision-making skills
2. Slowed progression of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease
3. Preservation of existing memories
4. Reduced risk of developing dementia or Alzheimer’s disease
5. Improved short-term and long-term memory

According to MedicineNet, when seniors play video games they exercise tasks, processes, and skills that are often lacking in older age. Computer games require players to make quick decisions, rely on memory, and use reasoning skills. Results show that seniors saw improvement in reflexes, processing speed, increased focus, spatial abilities, attention skills, and memory.

For seniors who already are experiencing memory loss, Livestrong suggests those individuals can continue to reap benefits from playing games in a social setting or on a computer. They may need the aid of another person to play a computer game, but real benefits can be achieved the more the brain is exercised in tests of cognitive function.

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