Senior Gamers: Detecting Alzheimer’s Disease via a Video Game

Alzheimer's disease and video gamesVideo games have been getting a lot of press over the last several years, not just for their entertainment value, but for their cognitive benefits as well. And now the world’s largest pharmaceutical company, Pfizer, is hoping to find out if video games can detect and track the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.

Working with the game developers at Akili Interactive Labs, Pfizer will soon begin testing a new iOS game called Project:EVO to find out whether the game can detect cognitive differences in seniors who are at risk of developing Alzheimer’s.

Researchers based the game mechanics for Project:EVO off of NeuroRacer, a video game that required players to steer around a track while shooting at road signs. Interestingly, studies from NeuroRacer showed that players’ memory and focus capabilities were improved, and these cognitive gains persisted for months after playing.

Researchers hope that Project:EVO will be able to help pinpoint early signs of Alzheimer’s and other cognitive disorders. Read more about Project:EVO in this article.

Brain-stimulating games of all types are extremely beneficial for older adults. Heaven at Home’s caregivers encourage our clients to play games for both the cognitive and social benefits that they provide. Contact us to learn more about how games and our in-home care services may help your loved one.