Computer training may reduce dementia risk in elderly

A computerised brain training program may help reduce the risk of dementia among the elderly by 29%, says a new study done over 10 years.

The exercise is called UFOV training, and has been developed by two scientists in the United States.

The study was done on over 2,000 healthy adults between 74 and 84 years and followed them for 10 years. They received different types of cognitive training - on memory strategies, reasoning strategies and processing training.

Those who completed more sessions had lower risk. The participants in the computerised group were trained to improve the speed and accuracy of visual attention.

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