Software Helps Combat Effects Of Depression In Baby Boomers, Seniors

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2007-06-12 03:19

Depression In Baby Boomers

New findings on the effects of computer based-training on cognitive function for baby boomers and seniors suggest that cognitive training offers a positive impact and should be prescribed for individuals living with depression.

The findings, presented here at The Alzheimer's Association International Conference on the Prevention of Dementia, are the latest data from a first-of- its-kind, double-blind clinical trial on the effects of computer-based training on cognitive function during two years for the over-50 crowd.

"The results of our clinical trial suggest that cognitive training should be widely encouraged among depressed patients," said Amos Korczyn, M.D., trial investigator, as well as chairman of the Department of Neurology for Tel-Aviv University's Tel-Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, professor and incumbent of the chair of neurology at Tel-Aviv University's Sackler School of Medicine and Chief Scientist for NexSig, a company that develops adaptive diagnostic systems for early detection of neurological disorders. "Scientists have established that depression is associated with dementia, cognitive decline and Alzheimer's disease, as well as with greater cognitive and functional decline and higher rates of institutionalization."

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