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ACTIVE study proves that speed-of-processing training could reduce risk of developing dementia

Analysis from a study, called the Advanced Cognitive Training for Independent and Vital Elderly (ACTIVE), has concluded that a computer-based brain exercise called “speed-of-processing training” could cut the risk of developing dementia by as much as 48%. The staggering statistics prove for the first time a cognitive training intervention has been shown to protect against dementia. Speed-of-processing training involves computer exercises that get users to visually process information more quickly.
The study was funded by the National Institute on Aging and the National Institute of Nursing Research and included almost 3,000 healthy individuals between the ages of 65 and 94. ACTIVE training focused on memory, reasoning, and speed-of-processing because prior research indicated that these abilities show early age-related decline and are related to activities of daily living. Although the original study wasn’t intended to track dementia, when researchers discovered that the games could affect mental function positively, they reanalyzed the data and found the connection with reduced dementia occurrence.
To read the full study, click here.