Computer brain training useful for elderly, may lower dementia risk

A computer brain training exercise can help improve visual attention and reduce risk of dementia in elderly people.

The exercise is called 'speed of processing training', 'useful field of view training', or 'UFOV' training.

The computerised speed training tries to improve the speed and correctness of visual attention by including both divided and selective attention exercises.

Researchers studied 2,802 healthy older adults in the US and followed them during their average age of 74 to 84 years.

It was found that the computerised speed training group of participants had a 29% less risk of dementia compared to other control groups of memory and reasoning exercises.

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