Games in Healthcare

Senior Memory Training Program Demoed Online

Some Active SeniorsThe Dakim BrainFitness System has launched a free online demo version of its cognitive training program. Specifically targeted to seniors, the system focuses on helping them combat dementia, memory loss and preserving brain function.

The system was developed with the assistance of experts on brain health and aging. Presented in a fun game show-type format, it is already used in more than 200 senior communities in the United States.

The complete system is a touch screen brain-training machine which requires no mouse or keyboard, for simplified use by seniors without computer skills or with advanced cognitive impairment. It also allows users to self-adjust the level of challenge to match their mental capacity as they play. Read More...

The games included in the BrainFitness system are based on standardized neurological tests that have been transformed into entertaining exercises featuring audio, video, music and humour. Attention has been paid to include cultural references from seniors' past, which helps them relate and enjoy the activities. Friendly voiceovers explain the exercises and provide encouragement even when users give a wrong answer.

A 20-minute session with the system exercises short and long-term memory, critical thinking, visuospatial orientation, calculation and language for a thorough brain workout. A home version of the system is due out in early 2009.