The Washington Post (7/27, Love) reports a new study indicates a type of computer game “could decrease the risk of symptoms of dementia by almost half, compared to not having any brain training at all.” The findings are still being reviewed, so they are considered preliminary.
This type of game is known as “a speed-of-processing task,” which is “one of three types of cognitive training that 2800 people took part in during The Advanced Cognitive Training for Independent and Vital Elderly (ACTIVE) study, a randomized longitudinal study funded by NIH” in 2014.
The Post adds that “even with this compelling ACTIVE data analysis, researchers are hesitant to accept the findings right away,” because “the 2014 ACTIVE study wasn’t designed to track dementia, Jonathan King” said. King “was the project director and co-author of the 2014 study and is a program director at the National Institute on Aging.”
— “Could this computer game delay Alzheimer’s symptoms? New study suggests it could.,” Shayla Love, Washington Post, July 27, 2016.