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‘Brain Fitness’ Program Aids Memory

Tuesday, 07 August 2012 11:26 AM

A computer-based “brain fitness” program has been found to significantly improve the memory and language skills of older people, University of California-Los Angeles scientists are reporting.
The UCLA team tested the program on 59 people, with an average age of 84, recruited from retirement communities in Southern California. Half of the seniors used the 20-minute brain fitness program for an average of 73.5 sessions over a six-month period; the other half participated in fewer than 45 sessions over the same period.
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Researchers found that the first group had much greater improvements in memory and language skills, compared to the second group.
The study's findings add to the growing body of evidence that shows brain fitness tools may help protect seniors from the cognitive decline associated with aging and Alzheimer's disease.
About 40 percent of seniors suffer age-related memory loss. Past studies have shown mental activities can help improve memory, but little research has examined the benefits of brain fitness games and memory training programs on the market.
This UCLA study was one of the first to show a benefit from a computerized memory training program.
The study was presented at the American Psychological Association’s annual convention this week. It was funded by Dakim, manufacturer of Dakim Brain Fitness, the computerized program used in the study.

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