Dementia is a neurodegenerative disorder that decreases the ability to think and causes a severe memory loss. Although no certain cure has been recognized as of yet, certain cognitive sports can be used as a preventive measure, with poker being one of them. According to Dr. Jeffrey Cummings, an acclaimed Alzheimer’s researcher, playing poker could significantly reduce your chances of developing brain diseases by over 50%.
Dr. Stephen Simpson conducted a study through which he discovered that playing poker strengthens the brain and protects the nerve cells. Poker, as an intensive activity, has the potential to rewire your brain by consistently creating new pathways.
The nerve fibers are surrounded by a protective myelin sheath, and the more impulses are being transmitted, the thicker the myelin sheath gets. Hence, playing poker helps create more myelin. Besides, poker players have to stay focused and concentrated during intense matches which ultimately helps them to control their emotions and avoid the big emotional swings. Why is this good for the brain? Because developing intuition skills and making quick decisions increase the cognitive capacity thus improve dementia prevention. Besides poker, technology could play a significant role in dementia prevention.
Researchers at Utah State University have developed a revolutionary smartphone app designed for Alzheimer prevention. This application inspires healthier lifestyle goals ranging from physical exercise and healthy diets to stress management and brain stimulation. The app shows daily facts about the connection between healthy lifestyle habits and improved cognitive wellbeing. Through the app, the users can monitor their diet, physical activity, and social engagement — all the factors that have an impact on the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.
Technological innovations can also be used as a tool to ease the caregiving burden and to keep the diagnosed patients more comfortable and safe. This so-called “assistive technology” can help maximize patients’ independence and reduce neuropsychiatric symptoms.
GPS tracking devices could serve as a useful tool for those suffering from dementia. Tracking devices attached to the patients could have some kind of alarm that would trigger when the patient leaves a specific area. These monitoring systems could send a warning to relatives if the person gets injured, skips taking the medication, or is in any kind of trouble.
Some interactive computers could help an impaired senior to complete simple tasks and thus prolong his or her independence. Interactive computer games provide cognitive stimulation that could slow the decline resulting from the disease.
Technology innovations could also empower clinical trials and advance research. Delicate tests could be used to detect the subtle signs of dementia long before the clinical symptoms develop, allowing researchers to recruit patients into prevention trials.