Researchers at King’s College London found the mental exercises kept minds sharp and helped people with everyday skills such as shopping and cooking. Brain training – playing online games that give memory and reasoning skills a workout – is beneficial for older people, a large-scale study has concluded. Nearly 7,000 people aged 50 and over signed up for the six-month experiment, launched by BBC TV’s Bang Goes The Theory.
The volunteers were recruited from the general population by a partnership between the BBC, the Alzheimer’s Society and the Medical Research Council. As far as the investigators were aware, none had any problems with memory or cognition when they signed up to the experiment. Play the BBC Lab UK brain training games