There’s a great deal of emphasis placed on staying physically fit as we age. Typically, the focus is on exercises for the body. But it’s equally important to exercise your brain. About 10% of people ages 65 and older lose cognitive function, leading to mild cognitive impairment, and nearly 15% of them develop Alzheimer’s disease each year. By age 85 and older, 32% of individuals have Alzheimer’s disease.
According to vascular neurologist Dr. Oana Dumitrascu, associate professor of neurology at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, “Challenging your brain to learn something new — such as a foreign language or a musical instrument — has been shown, both in healthy individuals and patients dealing with mild cognitive impairment, to improve brain structures and neuroplasticity.”
Fortunately, technology and scientific research have given rise to some excellent brain exercises for seniors that can be experienced right from a computer. Leading the way is the Dakim BrainFitness System, a scientifically based, comprehensive, structured program that cross-trains the brain in six essential cognitive domains, including long-term memory, short-term memory, language, computation, visuospatial orientation, and executive function.
How the Dakim BrainFitness System Works
Practiced regularly, the Dakim BrainFitness System has been found to increase focus, concentration and memory — the essential elements of enhancing neuroplasticity, which is the brain’s power to rewire itself and make new connections in response to learning and stimulation. While currently nothing definitive can prevent Alzheimer’s, brain games have been shown to slow the risk of cognitive decline.
With the Dakim BrainFitness System, the ultimate goal is to improve memory now and protect brain health long term. In a peer-reviewed 2013 clinical trial conducted by the UCLA School of Medicine, Dakim BrainFitness was shown to significantly improve the two most important cognitive functions — memory (immediate and delayed) and language abilities — as users strengthen attention, focus and concentration.
Another advantage to using Dakim BrainFitness is that it self-adjusts the level of difficulty to match your ability at the moment. As you improve, the games get more challenging — so you’re never left feeling frustrated because you didn’t quite get it.
Each Dakim BrainFitness System session runs just 20 minutes, so it’s an easy fit into your daily routine. Currently around 125 different games are available, but the company’s developers, known as “gameologists,” are constantly at work creating new brain games to add to the offerings. Translation? There’s no chance to get bored here!
What Kind of Games Can You Play?
Because the Dakim BraiFitness System is designed to stimulate six essential cognitive domains, the game options are diverse and very inventive.
For example, you can test your short term memory/visual recall with games like Picture This and Magic Bus. Much like the TV game show Concentration, you’re asked to match up images that appear in a series of squares. As you advance, the number of squares and images increases.
To help improve your visuospatial cognition, games such as What’s Different, or This End Up ask you to find a unique image among many very similar images.
Strengthening the calculating/computation part of your brain is important for all kinds of daily math needs, from baking to travel. That’s the goal of games like Aunt Mazie’s Math and The Joker’s Wild, which provide clues and require some mental arithmetic.
Wellness in Our Community Includes Dakim and Much More
At The Chesapeake retirement community in Newport News, Virginia, our residents’ total wellness is a top priority. We subscribe to the Dakim BrainFitness System so it can be accessed anytime. It’s just one part of our extensive Vibrance lifestyle offerings that promote a life filled with joy, growth, and community for all. Ready to learn more about us? We encourage you to get in touch to schedule a tour. Looking forward to meeting you!