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How Playing 3D Games Benefits Seniors

By Mark Silvanic, 9:00 am on

Many studies have already been done on the benefits of video games for seniors, but new research shows that 3D video games are particularly useful because they activate more areas of the brain. Providers of part-time care in Colorado Springs explain the other benefits seniors experience while playing 3D video games.

Boosts Memory

Dr. Craig Stark from the Center for Neurobiology of Learning & Memory in California has recently published a study on 3D video gaming and memory. People who played a video game that took place in an intricate, 3D world performed significantly better on memory tests than the control group. The game seemed to activate and improve function in the hippocampus. Dr. Stark’s findings concluded that memory performance was boosted by 12 percent, and seniors usually experience a 12 percent decline in memory between the ages of 45 to 70.

Strengthens Socialization Skills

Seniors are usually behind on the latest technological trends. By learning more about the world of video games, seniors can find a hobby to share with their grandchildren, loved ones, and providers of senior home care in Colorado Springs. 3D video games make technology fun instead of confusing and provide seniors with a way to interact with younger people.

Perfecting Multitasking Abilities

In a study for Nature Journal, Dr. Joaquin Anguera from the University of California, San Francisco, examined the effects of 3D video games on multitasking skills. Seniors who spent a total of 12 hours playing a 3D game over the course of four weeks were able to increase their multitasking performance index to the performance level of a 20 year old.

Enhances Focus

When seniors enhance their multitasking skills, it simultaneously affects other areas of the brain. When a senior plays a 3D game that requires them to perform several tasks at once, the prefrontal cortex of the brain is stimulated. This leads to higher levels of focus and attention in daily life.

Employing the use of 3D video games can significantly help your loved one’s cognition and social skills. If you’re looking for other ways to boost your senior loved one’s brain function, Home Care Assistance of Colorado Springs can help. We provide flexible Alzheimer’s, stroke, dementia, and Parkinson’s care in Colorado Springs to promote cognitive health and overall wellbeing. Call us today at (719) 822-1229 to learn more about our comprehensive services and schedule a free consultation.

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