Give your brain a helping hand to ward off dementia

As people start to think about what to buy others for Christmas, thoughts inevitably turn to the vast array of computer games that grace the shelves of shops, supermarkets and online retailers. It’s time for ‘that phone call’, as older people dutifully contact family members near and far, asking for guidance and inspiration, with the threat, “Otherwise I’ll just choose something myself!”

Some people believe that young people spend too much time playing computer games, at the expense of their physical fitness and mental health, and dread the perennial request, “Alex wants the latest game- I’ll send you the name of it,” or, even worse, “Just send the money.”

But now the tables could be turned, as the latest research suggests that the risk of dementia can be significantly reduced by playing an electronic game to improve visual processing speed. The approach is ‘little and often’, with just 10 hours playing time spread over the course of 10-weeks.

So where do live in companions for the elderly come in? Well, as most people know, home care services for the elderly encompass a broad spectrum of support, and the key to success is all about building routines. Live-in carers are best-placed to create holistic routines that keep body and mind active and, as variety is said to be the ‘spice of life’, a regular burst of brain-training could be the order of the day.

So, lend a helping hand to brighten up Christmas present lists by adding a healthy computer game- let’s face it, it beats yet another pair of socks!

To find out more, read this interesting article in The Times

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