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July 11th, 2017

We keep a careful eye on the news that is published about dementia, and about possible treatments.

So we were really interested to read recently about a brain training computer game which has been shown to improve the memory of people who are in the very early stages of dementia and could potentially help such people avert some of the symptoms.

The gameshow-like app has been developed by researchers at Cambridge University. Their small trial showed people who played the game over a month had around a 40 per cent improvement in their memory scores.

George Savulich, who led the study at Cambridge University, said: “We hope to extend these findings in future studies of healthy ageing and mild Alzheimer’s disease.”

The results, which were published in the International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, showed that as well as improving their memory scores in the game, people who played it retained more complex visual information than those who didn’t.

Now there is no suggestion at the moment that this is in any way a cure. But the results are encouraging. Imagine what it would be like if the power of technology could be harnessed to help slow down – perhaps even prevent? – dementia. That would be something worth celebrating!

This blog was written by Service Manager Rachel Houghton. If you have a relative who you think would benefit from DoCare’s services, or would like assistance yourself, please get in touch. If you are interested in a rewarding career as a support worker, we would love to hear from you – please give us a call or you can apply online.