Video games may seem like a kid-only activity. However, researchers are starting to look at ways to use video games for education and more specifically boost memory and thinking skills in the elderly.
Video Games For The Elderly
Researchers want to improve memory, critical thinking, mental skills, and other problem-solving skills. They have a two-phase plan aimed at improving cognitive functioning:
Researchers will test specific qualities that can be found in video games. They will compare these specific qualities to see if they improved cognitive functioning.
Once researchers know which qualities improve mental functioning, they will set aside guidelines that can be used to design video games, board games, or other activities.
Researchers hope that video games will slow the decline in cognitive functioning associated with aging.
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