A new study from the University of Texas at Dallas Longevity Center Vital has revealed that challenging older adults with activities rarely or never before tried, such as using tablet computers could increase cognitive abilities. And finally, could help delay or even prevent age-related dementia.
The study, published in The Gerontologist , expanded in the previous ones that found adults who participate in cognitively demanding, such as padding and photography activities, improved their memories and speed that process information. Basically, participants spent an average of more than 15 hours a week using the iPad tablet.
The iPad, in particular, was used for the study because it is portable and has large well suited to the “cognitive, visual and motor skills of older adults’ visual icons, the researchers said.
Research shows iPads good for the brain
After using their tablets for 10 weeks, the study participants were tested to see how fast you could compare lists of numbers. Their results were compared with other seniors who joined social clubs or stayed at home, doing less demanding activities such as playing word games.
It was only a small study of 54 adults from 60 to 90 years old, over the course of three months. Approximately one third of all participants were placed in a group and iPad trained to use their tablets to complete several projects and carry out specific tasks. On average, they spent more than 15 hours a week on a tablet for 10 weeks.
Next, the results of Cases group were compared with two control groups. The first was a placebo group and activities requiring no skill were completed and therefore were less demanding, like watching movies, for example. The other was a social group, which socializes for 15 or more hours a week. He spoke mainly on issues of common conversation like travel and history.
Before and after 10 weeks of activities, all three groups were given the same cognitive tests. These standardized measures included evaluating the mental capacity of the participants, such as their speed in comparing lists of numbers and their immediate memory.
By comparing all scores, the researchers were able to detect significant improvements in the speed of memory and processing using tablets.
“Although some individuals in the two control groups also experienced some cognitive improvements, the iPad group showed significantly greater improvement over time,” University of Texas at Dallas researcher said The Gerontologist.
third more attuned age with technology than ever
Is there potential in the real world for this study, however, when many older people find technology and adapting to the Internet age unattractive and difficult to get a handle on? Perhaps surprisingly, statistics show they are more attuned than ever.
The PewResearchCenter, an advanced position in the analysis of media content, says in the United States, 89 percent of adults going online per day, and 59 percent of adults are over 65. older adults should not use social media as their younger counterparts, but … statistics compiled in 2014 say that 27 percent of people over 65 has a tablet or e-reader or both, while 18 percent own a smartphone.
Whether or not the use of the tablet actually improves brain function of a person, one thing is clear: It makes modern life much easier for them. It provides the skills needed to complete daily tasks and cope better with the aging process.
According to the researchers, tablets allow seniors who shop, complete their online banking and ensure their medical care. After all, applications for these devices are quite diverse. They provide a way almost endless for older adults participating in a variety of activities well into their golden years.
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