Cognitive impairment can be a result of various influencing factors; mental health disorders which highly affect the cognitive skills of the brain which could result in loss of attention span, memory, difficulty in reasoning and coordinating tasks etc. Aging is another factor which influences cognitive issues making them prone to disorders like Alzheimer’s disease or Dementia.
Mental health and cognitive impairment issues continue to be hidden behind closed doors. Even today in India, it is considered a taboo, seldom discussed openly. Now is the time to break the stigma around mental health and to become open in discussing these conditions with family, friends, or a doctor if need be.
To prevent these illnesses, brain training apps that help in improving memory, planning, and initiating activities of daily life, are now available.
Game Show, an app released in July 2017, specifically designed for people susceptible to early stages of dementia has been developed by researchers from the Cambridge University. The main idea behind the app was to make brain training fun by rewarding the player with gold on completing each challenge. This made the game engaging and increased the user's memory power in the process. The app is currently available only on iPad.
Here are five brain training apps:
1) Elevate Brain Training Games
With over 15 million hits on Playstore and a listing on Google Editor’s choice, this app aims to be your personal brain trainer to improve attention, speaking skills, and memory. On long-term usage, there is a considerable improvement in critical cognitive skills with the help of 40+ games and detailed performance reports.
2) CogniFit Brain Fitness
An app designed to help you evaluate and boost memory, focus, robustness, and other cognitive skills through brain training. This app provides brain training exercises and games, by means of which a thorough analysis of strengths and weaknesses are conducted. The games are uniquely designed for every distinct cognitive profile and progress achieved can be checked instantaneously.
One of the popular apps which stimulates the brain, building curiosity to acquire knowledge by exploring articles, info-graphics, and watching videos on topics that interest you ranging from art, science, history, universe etc. You can share these info bytes with your friends and family.
Eidetic, as the name suggests, relates to having a stunning memory. This app uses a technology called spaced repetition, a learning procedure to help remember and memorise important information like telephone numbers, facts, quotes, interesting words. Available only in Apple store currently. Eidetic sends notifications to test you on your memory.
5) Memory Box
This app caters to people suffering from Alzheimer's and other types of dementia by providing video clips, audio files and written pointers for conversation and memory aid. Thereby, simplifying the interaction between caregivers, healthcare professionals, family, and fellow affected patients.