172181 Effects of an interactive computer-based cognitive fitness system on memory, cognition, and overall well-being in older adults

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Elizabeth M. O'Toole, MSPH , Dakim, Inc., Santa Monica, CA
Karen J. Miller, PhD , Dakim, Inc., Santa Monica, CA
Prabha Siddarth, PhD , Dakim, Inc., Santa Monica, CA
Jena A. Kravitz, PsyD , Dakim, Inc., Santa Monica, CA
Jeanne Kim, PsyD , Dakim, Inc., Santa Monica, CA
Objective: Age-related memory impairment can have a significant impact on the quality of life of older adults. Previous studies of specific memory techniques as well as a brain plasticity-based training program have shown improved objective memory performance scores among healthy older adults (Ball, et al., 2002; Ivgi, Beeri, Rabinowitz, & Davidson, 1999; Mahncke, et al., 2006), as well as a decreased likelihood of functional decline in self-reported instrumental activities of daily living (Willis, et al., 2006). Yet, objective outcome data on the efficacy of such mentally stimulating programs are minimal. The purpose of this study is to determine if an eight-week program using a computer-based cognitive fitness system will result in improved memory, cognition, and overall well-being in older adults.

Participants and Methods: In order to obtain a representative sample of older adults, thirty participants (mean age 73), without a clinical diagnosis of dementia, were recruited from an affordable-housing retirement community. The intervention consisted of 30-minute sessions, 5 days per week over an 8-week period, with testing at baseline and post-intervention. The control group watched educational videos for a comparable time.

Results: A comparison of follow-up to baseline scores for subjective and objective memory performances, mood, physical functioning, and quality of life measures will be obtained for the control and intervention groups. The results will be available at the conclusion of the study in March 2008.

Implications: This study will contribute to the existing data regarding the relationship between participation in cognitively stimulating programs and cognitive functioning among older adults.

Learning Objectives:
Discuss the association between older adults' participation in a computer-based cognitive fitness system and measures of cognitive functioning, mood, and overall well-being.

Keywords: New Technology, Dementia

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been an active participant in the design and coordination of the study described in the abstract.
Any relevant financial relationships? Yes

Name of Organization Clinical/Research Area Type of relationship
Dakim, Inc. cognitive fitness Employment (includes retainer) and Stock Ownership

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.