Can ‘brain training’ pass the test? Exploring whether people with dementia can brain train at home
Status / StageCompleted
Dates1 August 2018 -
1 December 2021
Duration (calculated)03 years 04 months
Funder(s)Dunhill Medical Trust
Funder/Grant study pageDunhill Medical Trust
Contracted CentreUniversity of Leicester
Principal InvestigatorDr Lucy Beishon
WHO CatergoriesTools and methodologies for interventions
Disease TypeMild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)
CPEC Review Info
|Status / Stage
|03 years 04 months
|Funder/Grant study page
|Dunhill Medical Trust
|University of Leicester
Brain training is a fun and simple intervention to keep minds active in older age. However, there are many unknowns. What benefits does it have on the brain? And can people living with dementia realistically brain train using technology they’re not necessarily familiar with? Dr Lucy Beishon wanted to find out whether people living with dementia can do brain training at home using a computer, and to see if it has potential to bring benefits.
To find out more, we designed and ran a feasibility study recruiting people living with dementia and, as comparisons, healthy older adults and people with mild cognitive impairment.
Using Transcranial Doppler Ultrasonography (TCD), we measured participant’s brain blood flow before and after completing a three month brain training programme. We also looked at other measures like mood, quality of life and everyday function, which we know are important to older people.