Wednesday, September 11, 2013
The Univ of California San Francisco did some research and found that older adults improved their multitasking and cognitive (thinking and memory) skills with a special videogame.
Apparently the study showed that older brains are more "plastic"--meaning adaptable--than often thought.
So this would be a positive outcome of videogaming.
One game in development is NeuroRacer--you navigate a car along a twisty track while hitting a key each time a symbol comes on the screen. Two tasks--multi--get it?
Older adults practiced and then outperformed untrained 20-yr-olds and the results lasted six months.
One user said it was hard at first then after a couple of hours, she felt a sort of "snap" and she got it. She was also more focused in her life as a real estate agent, she added.
The game will require FDA approval, which could be years.
Why not try other games, though--they use them for Parkinson's patients.