Research shows that cognitive stimulation may alleviate cognitive decline in older adults
More and more research is showing the benefits of cognitive stimulation. A new study shows the benefits of cognitive games in mitigating cognitive decline in older adults. This includes adults overcoming a stroke and adults with dementia and Parkinson’s disease.
Specifically, this research focused on working memory. Working memory is a type of memory that people use every day to help them live their lives. Essentially, it is a version of short-term memory, which is needed for storing information in order to do something with that information.
For example, you need working memory to memorize a phone number until you’re able to write it down. Or, to remember the temperature that a recipe says to set the oven, until you set that temperature. We use our working memory temporarily, until we no longer need to recall the information.
Researcher Professor Eskes, noted, “Intensive exercises at just the right difficulty are important for increasing brain capacity or efficiency.” Eskes also noted why games are helpful in this type of treatment. “The game-like aspects increase motivation and make it easier to stick with the challenging sessions.”
This is a great note for all of the clinicians using HappyNeuron Pro! Whether your patients are concerned about cognitive decline, or another cognitive condition, this information underlines the importance of monitoring client progress and ensuring that their exercise routines are at the right level of difficulty to maintain progress.
HappyNeuron Pro was not involved with this particular study. However, we love seeing researchers learn more and more about the benefits of cognitive games and stimulation. It’s always exciting to see all the good that these kinds of programs can do!
Would you like to learn more about this topic? There is a wealth of clinical studies that have used HappyNeuron Pro to help patients with cognitive rehabilitation and cognitive remediation.