Deans' stroke musings

Changing stroke rehab and research worldwide now.Time is Brain!Just think of all the trillions and trillions of neurons that DIE each day because there are NO effective hyperacute therapies besides tPA(only 12% effective). I have 493 posts on hyperacute therapy, enough for researchers to spend decades proving them out. These are my personal ideas and blog on stroke rehabilitation and stroke research. Do not attempt any of these without checking with your medical provider. Unless you join me in agitating, when you need these therapies they won't be there.

What this blog is for:

Shortly after getting out of the hospital and getting NO information on the process or protocols of stroke rehabilitation and recovery I started searching on the internet and found that no other survivor received useful information. This is an attempt to cover all stroke rehabilitation information that should be readily available to survivors so they can talk with informed knowledge to their medical staff. It's quite disgusting that this information is not available from every stroke association and doctors group.
My back ground story is here:http://oc1dean.blogspot.com/2010/11/my-background-story_8.html

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Computer brain games for treating cognitive impairment

This came out a couple of days ago.

Report challenges claims of cognitive benefits of online brain-training games

So what the fuck are you as stroke survivor supposed to do? Your doctor will hem and haw and never give you a stroke protocol on this.


Computer brain games for treating cognitive impairment

The Bottom Line

  • Computerized cognitive training (CCT) is an enjoyable, easy and relatively inexpensive way to stay mentally fit.
  • CCT contributes to short-term cognitive improvements in people with mild cognitive impairment. Small improvements were also seen in people with dementia.
  • More research is needed to find out the longer term benefits of CCT, and if it helps prevent people with mild cognitive impairment from developing dementia.
“Use it or lose it.” That advice can apply to many situations but is often used to stress the importance of keeping our bodies and minds active in order to stay healthy, independent and mentally fit for as long as possible.

Research evidence supports this old adage (1) and there are plenty of good options for staying physically active… but how can we best exercise our brains? One option for a cognitive “work out” is computerized cognitive training (CCT): various types of computer programs designed to strengthen overall cognition and improve memory, attention span and learning. With many options now available online, CCT is showing promise in helping to prevent cognitive decline in healthy older adults (2;3).

That led researchers to investigate whether CCT could benefit those who have already experienced cognitive decline (4).They include people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) who have noticeable problems with thinking, memory, language and decision making but are still able to function independently, and people with dementia whose cognitive impairments interfere with daily activities.

Study groups participated in supervised computerized cognitive skills training, video games or virtual reality activities for at least four hours in total, after which their cognitive abilities were measured and compared to control groups who didn’t take part in CCT or did different types of training.

What the research tells us

Cognitive “brain games” may be screen time well spent!

People with MCI experienced moderate improvement in their overall cognitive abilities after taking part in computerized cognitive training sessions, specifically in areas such as memory, attention, verbal and non-verbal learning, and psychosocial functioning (4). For people with dementia, the evidence was less encouraging but some minor improvements were noted.

Cognition tests were taken immediately after the completion of training, so the results don’t tell us much about the longer term impacts of CCT. More research is needed to address those and other questions, including whether CCT can help prevent the progression of mild cognitive impairment to full dementia.

Although these results are promising, computer “brain games” should not be considered a one-step solution to keep our brains healthy and sharp. Research evidence shows that people with cognitive impairment, and their caregivers, benefit most when support programs have multiple components, including physical exercise and social interaction (5), and most of us can benefit from less sedentary screen time! However, this research suggests that computer-based cognitive training can be considered one promising addition to treatment for people with cognitive impairment.

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