Study: ‘Exergaming’ May Significantly Improve Symptoms of Dementia

A new study, conducted by scientists from Belgium and Switzerland, finds that ‘exergaming’, a combination of exercise and video games, may improve lower extremity and cognitive functioning, step reaction time, and symptoms of depression in people with dementia.Study ‘Exergaming’ May Significantly Improve Symptoms of Dementia

For their study, researchers used Dividat Senso, an exergame that was developed by Dividat, and recruited 45 participants, aged, on average, 85 years, with severe dementia symptoms from two long-term care facilities in Belgium.

All participants were divided into two groups, one of which performed exercise sessions with the help of Dividat Senso machine for 15 minutes, 3 times a week for 8 weeks. The second group watched music videos, choosing.

The results showed that those who performed exergames had improved gait speed, cognitive function, mobility, balance, and step reaction time. They also demonstrated improvements in leg function and depression symptoms.

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