RESEARCH: Over 50s Brain Training

People over 50 and living in the UK can take part in a new brain training study by registering online at http://www.protectstudy.org.uk/

Playing online games that challenge reasoning and memory skills – brain training – could have significant benefits for older people in their day to day lives, according to a new study published recently in the Journal of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine.

Researchers at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London have shown that an online brain training package can not only improve memory and reasoning skills – but also how well older people carry out everyday tasks such as navigating public transport, shopping, cooking and managing personal finances.

Previous research has shown some promise for brain training in improving memory, although these small-scale studies have been inconclusive. This new research, which is funded by Alzheimer’s Society, is the largest randomised control trial to date of an online brain training package. Involving almost 7,000 adults aged over 50, it is also the first to evaluate the impact of computerised brain training on how well people can perform their daily activities.

Read the full article on the King’s College London website

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