Using Computers Can Help Prevent Cognitive Decline in Midlife: AAN

Islamabad (24th July, 2019): With old age, our brains change with many people experiencing issues with memory, thinking and judgement. 

MCI or Mild Cognitive Impairment, is the stage between age-specific cognitive decline and dementia yet MCI does not affect daily life and activities. People with MCI usually forget things, they lose their train of thought and/or feel overwhelmed by making decisions. Based on data provided by the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 16 million people are affected by MCI in the United States alone.

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Although, MCI may increase risks, not everyone suffering from MCI develops dementia. It is reported that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved any treatments for MCI till date. Additionally, lifestyle choices such as physical exercise and/or metal stimulation have positive effects on the brain. Lately, researchers have been studying to find treatments to help prevent cognitive decline. According to a recent study, using computers to play games or participating in social activities helps to reduce the risk of MCI in people. The results have appeared in the American Academy of Neurology (AAN).

Our study took a close look at how often people participated in mentally stimulating activities in both middle age and later life, with a goal of examining when such activities may be most beneficial to the brain.

Dr. Yonas E. Geda Study Author & AAN member

Moreover, the researchers observed approximately 2,000 people in their late 70’s without Mild Cognitive Impairment and asked them to fill out a questionnaire about stimulating activities they engaged in during their 50’s and after.

 

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