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ANCHOR LEAD : SHOULD GRANDMA GET A PLAYSTATION FOR HER NEXT BIRTHDAY? ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Mounting evidence that mental activities keep the brain functioning better hasn’t escaped the notice of games manufacturers, with some already targeting older people eager to maintain their mental acuity. But is a Wii, Playstation or other device the way to go? Not according to Constantine Lyketsos, an Alzheimer’s disease expert at Johns Hopkins.
LYKETSOS: The problem with the Nintendo thing is that it’s not easily tailored or adapted to where the person is. One of the advantages of delivering a structured training system by a person is they can gauge where the person being trained is and develop an easier program for them so that they can build up. I could see the role of the game systems to be after that. So that you build up to the right game for the person and then they’re encouraged to do it with some regularity. :29
Lyketsos says such devices may constitute one part of a successful aging program. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.