Video game boosts mental abilities in older folks
NEW YORK (AP) - A specialised video game may help older people boost mental skills like handling multiple tasks at once.
In a preliminary study, healthy volunteers aged 60 to 85 showed gains in their ability to multitask, to stay focused on a boring activity and to keep information in mind - the kind of memory you use to remember a phone number long enough to write it down.
All those powers normally decline with age, Dr Adam Gazzaley of the University of California, San Francisco, and colleagues noted in a study released on Wednesday by the journal Nature.
The study was small, with only 16 volunteers training on the specially designed game. Dr Gazzaley and other brain experts said bigger studies were needed to assess whether the game could actually help people function in their everyday lives.