If you’ve ever worried about losing brainpower as you age (and who hasn’t?), a new study by California university researchers shows that adults can actually improve brain function by using a computerized brain fitness program for just 40 sessions of 20 minutes each.
The peer-reviewed study, published in the July issue of the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, is one of the first to assess the cognitive effects of computer-based brain training. Participants utilized Dakim BrainFitness, a computerized brain workout that combines scientifically based exercises using videos, music, storytelling and humor with patented technology that adjusts the sequence and difficulty of activities to match each user’s performance.
The study, titled “Effect of a Computerized Brain Exercise Program on Cognitive Performance in Older Adults,” found that:
All participants who completed at least 40 Dakim sessions over the six-month study period showed measurable improvements in all three cognitive domains examined: immediate memory, delayed memory and language.
Many participants showed cognitive improvement after only two months.
No significant gains were seen in a control group that refrained from cognitive training for the first two months of the study.
By confirming the value of Dakim’s structured, personalized computerized brain training program in keeping minds agile, the study suggests that a rigorous technology approach can be a powerful new tool in both personal and professional efforts to maintain or regain brain function.
“We designed Dakim BrainFitness to systematically exercise different areas of the brain – from memory and language to critical thinking, calculation and visual spatial processing – and also customize the exercise sequence and level of challenge so that each user gets the maximum benefit from each session. No other brain fitness product has these capabilities, and you can’t do it on your own,” said Dakim CEO Dan Michel.
“This study shows that computerized brain training can improve cognitive performance and that at least one protocol, Dakim BrainFitness, does,” Michel said. “Whether you’re a Baby Boomer, an older adult in a senior living community, or a healthcare professional treating a patient with impaired brain function, Dakim BrainFitness provides the first practical, easy and entertaining way to provide a consistent and meaningful brain workout that can help fight the cognitive effects of aging as well as certain kinds of brain injury.”
About Dakim, Inc.
Dakim Inc. is the leading provider of clinically tested brain fitness programs that provide rigorous cognitive stimulation to help people sharpen and preserve brain function. Featuring entertaining multimedia exercises with proprietary technology that selects the next appropriate exercise and adjusts the challenge to provide maximum effectiveness for each user, the company’s Dakim BrainFitness platform is available as a turnkey hardware-based system that is the #1 cognitive exercise program in senior living communities in North America; in a software edition used by healthcare professionals to help combat cognitive decline as well as help patients suffering from stroke or traumatic brain injury. Dakim BrainFitness is also the only evidence-based brain cognition program approved by the U.S. Administration on Aging. The company is headquartered in Santa Monica, CA. For more information, visit www.dakim.com.