Computer program improves memory in older adultsby Sea Stachura, Minnesota Public Radio
St. Paul, Minn. — A Mayo Clinic researcher found that a computer program can significantly help older adults improve their memory and thinking skills.
Neuropsychologist Glenn Smith led the study which was funded by Posit Science, the company that developed the computer program.
Smith said the software hones participants' ability to quickly process information Researchers tested their general thinking skills, like memory, problem solving and processing.
"The group who was doing the experimental task showed a statistically significant greater improvement in their performance," Smith said.
Researchers saw a 4 percent increase in the group that used the program, and a 2 percent increase in the control group.
Smith says there is no evidence that this program wards off Alzheimer's or Mild Cognitive Impairment.