Research project: New training concept against dementia
Prevent cognitive impairment with a combination of physical and mental training.
Cognition – Mobility – Social competence
Exercise, health and mental abilities are very closely linked. Exercise leads to health and a better sense of well-being. In addition, exercise also leads to improved brain function and memory. Additional brain training brings further success in the development of mental abilities.
With go4cognition 3 special areas are addressed and trained:
|Cognition:||Through games for memory, divided attention, word fluency, etc.|
|Mobility:||Through walking; Participants cover approximately 800 to 1000 meters on foot in one training session.|
|Social skills:||The participants act and communicate with each other, solve tasks together, exchange ideas and take care of each other.|
The pilot phase will be accompanied by studies on cognition, activity and acceptance.
The task now is to go to stations 1, 5, 2 and 4. It is important to remember the stations and the order. At each station, the player puts the baton down so that the system recognizes who is there. The system dynamically increases or decreases the level depending on the player’s success.
The games are diverse and are constantly being developed.
In the first part of the project, around 40 elderly people with MCI (Mild Cognitive Impairment) from the Oberhausen Senior Citizens’ Centre took part in a training programme at the Athletikum Rhein Ruhr of the BG Unfallklinik in Duisburg. The heart of this movement laboratory is a sensor-equipped mat system. This is normally used by competitive athletes and rehabilitation patients after accidents to train, for example, gait and running patterns, coordination, explosive kicks and dynamic changes of direction. However, the mat system is also very suitable for training physical and cognitive skills of people with MCI. The Oberhausen seniors, who will be at the Athletikum Rhein Ruhr for six weeks and twelve training sessions, will complete a predefined course with numbered contact fields on several occasions. The order of the fields to be approached – for example 1, 8, 7, 3 – is presented to the test persons only briefly on a screen. In order to find the right way, the test persons have to remember the order of the numbers, search for the right fields and then aim at them. Through this combination of cognitive training with physical exercise, mental and physical fitness are trained.
Based on the experience and results in the athletic center, Ontaris developed a new high-tech system that is mobile and can be set up quickly.
go4cognition: Further information
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