Virtual reality technology could help prevent dementia.
This patient has mild cognitive impairment.
Through a program called "Memory Walk", she is performing tasks directed by the screen.
"A pair of pants, one T-shirt, one skirt…"
Researchers from Gachon University in South Korea conducted a study on 41 seniors aged 60 and older who had been hospitalized with mild cognitive impairment.
Those who received VR-based cognitive training twice a week for one month, showed a big jump in visuospatial function.
Others who only received their regular treatment, like medication, showed a drop in this function.
The visuospatial function of the brain, is an important cognitive ability that allows people to process visual information and interpret where objects are.
MRI scans showed that VR activated the parts of the brain related to memory and visual processing.
"Research shows that actively using digital technology in cognitive training can help prevent dementia in those with mild cognitive impairment."
The latest findings were published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.
Shin Ye-eun, Arirang News.