Brain Fitness for Seniors
Why Is Brain Training Important?
In our early years, our brains are still developing and we want to give it as much opportunity to grow.
Our cognitive performance starts to decline from our late 20’s.
As we age, we want to retain as much of our cognitive abilities and this can be achieved with brain training.
Decreased ability to maintain focus
Decreased problem solving capacity
Loss of short-term or long-term memory
The risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s increase
By 2030, the number of dementia patients is expected to rise from 28,000 to reach 80,000 (186% increase!)
Every 20 years, the number of people living with dementia is set to almost double. An estimated 46.8 million people worldwide currently have dementia
Brain Training As A Solution
6 sensors – 4 individual channels and 2 reference sensors
Tracks and Measures Mental States: Attention, Relaxation and Mental Workload
Trains 5 cognitive skills
Customised training programmes
Research does suggest that the right type of games can stimulate minds and make it perform at a much higher level.
Reading and solving arithmetic problems improves cognitive functions of normal aged people: a randomized controlled study Published in: AGE Lead Author: Shinya Uchida & Ryuta Kawashima
Games for seniors are not just for fun Published in: The Straits Times Lead Author: Samantha Boh
Neuroplasticity in old age: Sustained fivefold induction of hippocampal neurogenesis by long-term environmental enrichment Published in: Annals of Neurology Lead Author: Gerd Kempermann, Daniela Gast and Fred H. Gage
Video game training enhances cognitive control in older adults Published in: Nature Lead Author: J. Anguera
Sneak Peak Into The Games
MindcopterIn the game, the helicopter is controlled by brainwaves captured by the Senzeband. The player needs to focus in order to lift the helicopter up and fly to complete the mission. At tougher levels, the helicopter becomes heavier and more obstacles are introduced to challenge the players in controlling his/her mental state.
Memory MahjongMemory Mahjong is a brain training game that trains on both the cognitive functions; Memory and Attention. With the help of the Senzeband, the players will have an advantage to a longer timeframe to memorise if the Attention level is high enough. What’s more, this brain training game is actually more mentally stimulating and challenging than the traditional mahjong game!
The participants age ranged between 55 to 74 years old.
Pre-training assessments were taken, and compared with post-training assessment results.
25% of the seniors improved in attention, 33% in Memory, 50% in Spatial Skills and 58% in decision & cognitive flexibility.
The average level of improvement seniors achieved was 19%
With improved cognitive skills and an active mind, the risk of dementia is greatly reduced!