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Computer Software to improve memory and cognition skills?

My mother used to have an MSN-TV, which was essentially a limited function computer hooked up to the television set. It provided a basic ability for her to send/receive emails, do "safe" web browsing, etc. Microsoft discontinued the service, so I bought her a laptop computer which had a "basic skills" game... (use the mouse to move an object from one area of the screen to the other, key in the letters to spell what was displayed on the screen... basic stuff. Through daily practice she mastered the basics and all was good... until a fall resulted in her requiring surgery, months of rehab, and a move into assisted living. She's subsequently forgotten all she mastered, but REALLY wants to use email again.

I bought her a touch screen computer and installed the basic skills software. She can play those games pretty well, but living in an assisted living facility appears to have negatively impacted her memory and cognitive ability. I've done a lot of research on the web about computers and the elderly. Studies indicate that memory and cognition in elderly people can be improved through the use of various software applications. Unfortunately all the applications referenced in the studies were developed for research and are not available for download or purchase.

Does anyone know of available software which has been clinically designed and tested and has the potential to improve memory and cognition in the elderly?


Status: Open    Aug 08, 2016 - 07:42 AM

Senior Health & Nutrition, Other

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Aug 10, 2016 - 09:54 AM

Hi there,

Unfortunately, I am not familiar with any software, but wanted to ask if you've had her medication checked out and made sure the staff has her medication regimen correct. There are many drugs that can have side effects of increased cognitive impairment. Please see this list of medications on the Beer's list that should be prescribed with caution in the elderly and check it against her current regimen.

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