Can ‘brain training’ pass the test? Exploring whether people with dementia can brain train at home

Award Number
Status / Stage
1 August 2018 -
1 December 2021
Duration (calculated)
03 years 04 months
Dunhill Medical Trust
Funding Amount
Funder/Grant study page
Dunhill Medical Trust
Contracted Centre
University of Leicester
Principal Investigator
Dr Lucy Beishon
PI Contact
WHO Catergories
Tools and methodologies for interventions
Disease Type
Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)

CPEC Review Info
Reference ID347
ResearcherReside Team


Award NumberRTF180627
Status / StageCompleted
Start Date20180801
End Date20211201
Duration (calculated) 03 years 04 months
Funder/Grant study pageDunhill Medical Trust
Contracted CentreUniversity of Leicester
Funding Amount£207,289.00


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.