Efficacy of tablet-based applications for mental training in preserving cognitive abilities of older adults

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Title Efficacy of tablet-based applications for mental training in preserving cognitive abilities of older adults
 
Creator Turconi, Marcello Maria
Vella, Filomena
Mosetti, Francesco
 
Description Background and aims: Nonpathological, age-related cognitive decline is among the most feared consequences of aging. Evidence suggests that the continued use of mental abilities can slow down cognitive decline. We developed two tablet-based applications for the mental training (ElasticaMente) and social interaction/entertainment (iNonni) of older adults. The aim of this study was to evaluate their effect on cognitive performance.Materials and methods: This was an exploratory study of 8 months duration. Sixty healthy residents of a senior community center aged ≥60 years were recruited and divided into three groups: participants in Groups 1 and 2 received a tablet with ElasticaMente and iNonni (Group 1, n = 20) or with iNonni only (Group 2, n = 20); participants in Group 3 (n = 20) did not receive any tablet. Participants in Groups 1 and 2 were instructed to use the applications three times a week (each session ~45 minutes). Cognitive performance was assessed at baseline (T0) and after 8 months (T1) using a battery of six validated tests.Results: In Group 1, cognitive test scores remained consistently stable from T0 to T1, suggesting maintenance of cognitive abilities. In contrast, in Groups 2 and 3, scores worsened from T0 to T1 across all tests. Comparison of the changes from T0 to T1 revealed statistical significance for Group 1 versus Group 3, but not for Group 1 versus Group 2 and Group 2 versus Group 3.Conclusion: The 8 months use of the applications ElasticaMente and iNonni was associated with a significant benefit in terms of preserved cognitive performance compared with no tablet-based activity. The potential contribution of ElasticaMente to the attenuation of cognitive decline should be further investigated. (Digital Health)
 
Publisher Aboutscience Srl
 
Date 2019-05-29
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion
Original Research Article
 
Format application/pdf
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application/epub+zip
 
Identifier https://journals.aboutscience.eu/index.php/aboutopen/article/view/282
10.33393/abtpn.2019.282
 
Source AboutOpen; V. 6 N. 1 (2019): January - December 2019; 24-30
AboutOpen; Vol 6 No 1 (2019): January - December 2019; 24-30
2465-2628
 
Language eng
 
Relation https://journals.aboutscience.eu/index.php/aboutopen/article/view/282/243
https://journals.aboutscience.eu/index.php/aboutopen/article/view/282/244
https://journals.aboutscience.eu/index.php/aboutopen/article/view/282/245
 
Rights Copyright (c) 2019 The authors
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0
 

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