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'Games keep me mentally active'

'Games keep me mentally active' | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it
Computer games are increasingly being seen as a way for older people to keep mentally active, as Bryony Mackenzie reports.
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Watch as Hilda plays and talks about how 40 years of playing video games (and playing with her 94-year-old aunt) have helped keep her mentally active.

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Nikita Rozum's curator insight, March 17, 2013 10:09 PM

This topic could be very interesting.

Giovanni Benavides's curator insight, March 25, 2013 2:39 AM

Me too, at 50 most of my young patients are shocked to hear I can beat them at HALO, Master Chief. I call it research. Like my social media interest.

Sean Tan's curator insight, May 31, 2013 7:11 PM

Love this!

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How iPods Have Improved the Lives of People With Memory Loss

How iPods Have Improved the Lives of People With Memory Loss | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it
Ask anyone, and they’ll tell you the iPod has changed the music industry. What they may not tell you is the more obscure, yet similarly profound, impact it’s having on the lives of the elderly suffering from dementia.

 

Experimentation with iPods and memory began when Dan Cohen, a social worker from Long Island, N.Y., distributed 200 iPods to four local nursing homes in 2008.

 

The observations about the effects of iPods on dementia patients lead Cohen to found Music & Memory, a non-profit devoted to bringing donated iPods to nursing homes. As of now, Cohen is aware of more than 50 nursing homes in 15 states using his plan for bringing personalized music through iPods. The number could be much larger, because he has trained many people to set up iPods with music from residents’ youths.

 

“In nursing homes, you’re used to listening to whatever’s played for you,” Cohen says, explaining the advantages of iPods. “When we cater iPods for individuals, we end up with just songs that resonate with people, uplift them and calm them down.”

 

 

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Video Games Keep Elderly People Emotionally Healthy, New Study Says

Video Games Keep Elderly People Emotionally Healthy, New Study Says | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it
A new study from the North Carolina State University suggests that elderly people who play video games report a better well-being and emotional functioning.
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Here is another report suggesting a possible link between video games and improved emotional health, this time among adults over the age of 63. I'm curious to know exactly what games were played and users' skill levels as those factors can make a huge difference. 

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