New study suggests computer games may help older adults with walking

12/03/2013 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

New York – A new study suggests that computer games could help older adults walk with better balance. As reported by Reuters Health, researchers found that participants who tried specialized brain training were able to walk with more ease than their peers afterward.

Renae L. Smith-Ray, who led the study at the Center for Research on Health and Aging at the University of Illinois at Chicago, is quoted in the report as stating, “Participants in this study were on average 83 years old…Because we know that degradation occurs with aging, in older participants we often consider interventions successful when they prevent or slow future decline.”

As noted in the report, participants in the study played games that were designed to “train visual and spatial memory and quick decision-making.” Following the games, they were able to stand up from being seated and walk faster than individuals who were placed in a comparison group.

Smith-Ray is further quoted as stating, “The best way to enable healthy cognitive aging is by regularly challenging your brain.”

More information about the study can be found in The Journals of Gerontology

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