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New study highlights benefits of brain training for older people

4th November 2015

A new study has indicated that brain training techniques can have significant benefits for older people in their day-to-day lives.

Researchers at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King's College London have shown that an online brain training package can not only improve memory and reasoning skills among people over 50.

Moreover, such tools can also help older people carry out everyday tasks such as navigating public transport, shopping, cooking and managing personal finances.

The new study represented the largest randomised control trial to date of an online brain training package, involving almost 7,000 adults aged over 50. It was also the first to evaluate the impact of online brain training on how well people can perform their daily activities.

Dr Doug Brown, director of research and development at the Alzheimer's Society, said: "Online brain training is rapidly growing into a multimillion-pound industry and studies like this are vital to help us understand what these games can and cannot do."ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801804981-ADNFCR

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