For children of parents with Alzheimer’s, it can be frustrating to watch your loved ones forget things they once knew—even their own family members and Alzheimer’s caregivers—as their minds slowly deteriorate. While there has been much research and study into the causes and treatments for Alzheimer’s, so far there have not been any significant advances.
Experts of in-home care, San Antonio families trust, elaborate how playing computer games can slow the onset of Alzheimer’s.
While scientists and researchers continue to attempt to find a cure for this disease, those with Alzheimer’s and dementia, as it is related, are undergoing different types of care and treatment based on the person’s own individual needs and what tends to work best for their particular situation.
Just last year, at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) in Toronto, findings were presented on how computer games may help reduce the onset of Alzheimer’s by almost fifty percent. The research utilized data from a previous study called ACTIVE (Advanced Cognitive Training for Independent and Vital Elderly).
The ACTIVE study was conducted over a ten-year period to see whether various forms of cognitive training, using computer games that provided reasoning training, memory training, and processing training, could help people as they aged to help them remember how to perform basic tasks, like personal hygiene, balancing their bank account, and driving.
The ACTIVE study involved people whose average age was around 74. Over the course of the decade-long study, a total of 2,800 participants were followed. They were split into four groups:
- Group One would play games that focused on speed and processing.
- Group Two would play games that provided reasoning training.
- Group Three would play games that provided memory training.
- Group Four was used for the control group and did not play any of the study-provided games.
The study concluded that computer games could, indeed, help with these types of tasks. From this initial study, researchers at the University of South Florida wanted to examine the data even further to determine whether playing computer games could prevent the onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s.
While the University of South Florida’s findings do suggest playing certain types of computer games could help reduce the onset of Alzheimer’s, it is important to remember the ACTIVE study was not focused on Alzheimer’s but, rather, helping people remember how to perform basic tasks and functions.
There does need to be further study and research to determine exactly how much computer and video games could help in preventing and/or reducing the onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s. However, there appear to be no negative side effects of your parents or grandparents playing computer and video games that require them to focus on specific tasks or respond quickly to data or information presented, or to exercise the memory and reasoning centers of their brains.
To learn more about dementia and Alzheimer’s care for seniors in the San Antonio area, please feel free to call Home Care Assistance San Antonio at 210.996.2733 today!