Using a Mobile Game to Understand Dementia

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How a Mobile Game Helps Navigate Alzheimer’s and Dementia

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Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia affect nearly 50 million people worldwide. Alzheimer’s accounts for approximately 65 percent of this total. Dementia often results in problems with memory, communication and language, the ability to focus and stay on task, visual perception, judgment and reasoning. Most types of dementia are progressive, and symptoms can be expected to increase in severity over time. With the help of Alzheimer’s caregivers in Albuquerque, seniors can get the help they need to overcome the challenges of the disease.

A new mobile game titled Sea Hero Quest has been developed to learn more about the first symptoms of dementia. Sea Hero Quest is a mobile game that measures and tracks changes in the brain’s ability to navigate spatially. The basic premise of the game consists of sailing around the world in pursuit of various artifacts. The artifacts are memories. The scientists behind the game claim that two minutes of playing Sea Hero Quest provides as much data as five hours of lab-based research.

Anyone playing the game provides valuable information to dementia researchers. Even those with healthy brains are encouraged to play. Mapping healthy brains is necessary to understand the changes that Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia.

The games consist of three primary tasks: navigating mazes, shooting flares, and chasing creatures for photo opportunities. In the game, the memories are depicted as pages in a book. The lost pages have been carried to the far corners of the planet by a variety of creatures. An adult son is helping his aging father to find his lost memories. Great attempts were made to make the game fun, exciting, and scientifically useful.

The game is clever is design and requires both memory and spatial recognition skills. Simple maps must be memorized. Mazes have to be solved. Fast moving creatures are chased. Flares must be aimed in three-dimensional space. The game is suitable for people of all ages to play. Everyone including seniors, family members, and dementia caregivers in Albuquerque are encouraged to play while helping scientists better understand dementia.

While scientists work to better understand the relationship between dementia and the brain, you can help your loved one accomplish tasks around the house by calling Home Care Assistance of Albuquerque at 505-798-0800. We are a trusted provider of senior home care Albuquerque that enables seniors with dementia and Alzheimer’s to maintain independence while managing their disease at home. See how we can help your loved one when you schedule a no-obligation consultation.

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