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Study Shows Video Games Make Senior Citizens' Brains Sharper

Study Verifies Gaming Helps Seniors' BrainsNintendo has long tauted its 'Brain Age' series of games as not only fun, but also as being beneficial to your noggin. The say the games can even make you smarter. A new study verifies those claims, at least in seniors. According to the study, seniors were able to perform mentally as well as they did in their thirties after spending just 40 hours with brain training software.

The study, created by a company called Posit, which markets its own (substantially more expensive) software that competes with Nintendo's, showed that seniors who trained using its computer games performed better than those who used more traditional educational techniques. The company's $400 software, like Nintendo's, provides "mental exercise" for those who play, challenging them to remember series of numbers and perform other tasks that test their noodles.

While your grandparents may already be having Wii tournaments with their friends, it may be time to set them up with a Nintendo DS and copy of 'Brain Age.' We're guessing that spending time with it will be just as beneficial as the more expensive stuff, plus most people find using a DS to be a lot easier than a PC.

From Daily Mail

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Tags: Brain Age, BrainAge, Seniors, Video games, VideoGames

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