Cognitive Games for Elderly

Dementia is a common disorder among aging related-conditions. The substantial decline of cognitive functions in dementia has a significant impact on patients, their family and society broadly. As an ongoing degenerative process, dementia, especially Alzheimer’s disease, currently has no medication to or cure these diseases. As such, preventive methods are the best way to protect or delay cognitive decline. There is clear evidence that mental stimulation such as living in an enriched environment or brain stimulating activities that produce positive brain changes via neuroplasticity (the brain’s ability to change itself by remodeling nerve cell connections after experience) enhance mental fitness and prevent age-related memory decline.

Cognitive games or Brain games are methods of cognitive training that employ gaming to train the brain in various ways to prevent or slow down cognitive decline, both in normal aging as well as in conditions of Alzheimer’s disease. The TCDC, ENCI Estelier (Paris), Faculty of Fine Art, Geriatric Medical Center in collaboration with Dr. Surat Tanprawate (brain specialist) have developed the “Cognitive Game” Project for elders with cognitive decline. The program includes lectures on brain function and dementia, and a visiting occupational therapy unit. The prototypes were developed using local materials and resulted in a proof of concept. The project produced four distinct game types and was displayed at Chiang Mai Design Week.