Computer games help Alzheimer's patients

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BARCELONA, Spain, Oct. 25 (UPI) — Computer-based tasks to increase mental activity and enhancing mental function can improve cognition in Alzheimer’s patients, says U.S. and Spanish study.

Researchers at the Fundacio ACE, Institut Catala de Neurociencies Aplicades in Barcelona and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine conducted a study at an adult daycare center and referral clinic for community-dwelling persons with dementia in Barcelona.

“The interactive multimedia Internet-based system, in combination with the standard pharmacological treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, provides for better cognitive function in these patients, demonstrating that they are capable of benefiting from cognitive stimulation, even after the disease has advanced,” said study leader Lluis Tarraga, developer of the interactive multimedia internet-based system.

“While further study is needed, it is encouraging to find that an Internet-based program can work for cognitive stimulation, making it easily available and accessible to many people,” according to study co-author Dr. Oscar Lopez, of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

The findings are published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry.

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