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Games may help the old stay sharper
Written by Daniel   
Thursday, 18 October 2007 11:14

Exercises the brain
The Inquirer
By Egan Orion: Thursday, 18 October 2007, 4:13 PM

THE IDEA that playing online and video games can help older people stay mentally sharper is gaining wider credence, according to an article at today.
There's growing acceptance that game playing can be viewed as brain calisthenics that can help seniors at risk of memory loss, vision problems, even Alzheimer's and senile dementia.

Nintendo has sold over 8.6 million copies of its DS console Brain Age programs. It says it makes no specific health claims for the games, but that the programs are "challenging exercises to get users' brains pumping" with memory, math, reading and music tasks.
Andrew Carle, a Nintendo spokesman and assistant professor at George Mason University, believes game programs can be useful for the elderly... Comment in the Forums

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