A new study has very helpfully given us one more reason to love online games. Online brain training could potentially make life easier for older people and actually help them with their everyday lives and slow down the process of getting old.
To understand how games can help old folk, it’s important to first understand what brain training actually is. Games that can help provide a reasoning or memory boast actually fall under brain training. People play these games and in the process give their brains a workout, the large scale study highlights.
The King’s College London has produced the work through its researchers, who have shown that mental exercises can help keep people sharp and their minds more alert. The benefits can range from a number of activities, from cooking to shopping.
Prevent getting old: the six month experiment had around 7,000 respondents aged 50 or above. The experiment was launched earlier by BBC TV’s Bang Goes The Theory. According to the BBC, the respondents were recruited from the masses through partnership between the Alzheimer’s Society, the Medical Research Council and the BBC.
None of the respondents had any declared cognition or memory issues when they agreed to be a part of the experiment. Some people in the program were told to play the games online to train their brains for 10 minutes, whenever they felt like it. The others were asked to do internet searches – this was the controlled group.
“The researchers tested the subjects on a series of medically recognised cognitive tests at baseline and then again at three months and six months to see if there was any detectable difference between the groups,” BBC report.
Six months later, the group of people that were playing brain training games seemed to emerge with broader cognitive skills, as opposed to the controlled group. The group playing the games had better problem solving and reasoning skills.
Moreover, people that were playing at least five times a week seemed to gain the actual benefit.
The Journal of Post-acute and Long Term Care Medicine further reports that people that were 60 or more benefited in an interesting way. They were able to carry out everyday tasks with much more ease than before.
Previous studies have shown that brain training doesn’t benefit people that fall below 50 years of age. These methods are also being used by other researchers to see if the development of dementia can be prevented.
Online brain training is making a place for itself. The advantages that it brings to the table cannot be ignored. Experiments like the one conducted just now help us understand the human brain better than we did before.
At the end of the day, it would be a remarkable feat if games were the reason something as chaotic as dementia could be kept out of someone’s life.