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Cognitive Disease and Technology: Using a Mobile Game to Navigate the Brain

Neuroscientists are continually finding ways to study diseases that affect cognitive function in order to better able develop treatment options. One of the latest innovations created to learn more about dementia involves a mobile video game created by a British gaming company in collaboration with a group of U.K. neurological researchers. Sea Hero Quest is free to download and provides an abundance of information on brain navigation that may one day help Columbus Alzheimer’s caregivers provide the best possible care for seniors.

Sea Hero Quest

The game app is available at no cost through Google Play or iTunes. Scientists welcome anyone regardless of cognitive ability to install and play the game. Starting merely requires the player to provide generic information including age, gender and physical location. Once logged in, players learn the tale of the father and son who explored the world’s oceans, encountered fantastic creatures and documented their journey. Unfortunately, the journal was lost at sea. Players assume the role of the son who is now a grown man desiring to recreate the book for his father by once again sailing the seas. Players navigate their ship through waterways to designated buoys in search of marine life. During the game, players may need to tether the vessel to certain locations and photograph their discoveries.

Game Information Importance

Players of all ages are welcome to play. As each player’s game progresses, times, choices and other game aspects are recorded for research. Though the game provides fun and entertainment, for someone living with cognitive diseases, Sea Hero Quest may present more of a challenge. The choices and times of these individuals are also likely to differ. This is the data that scientists hope to learn more about. The data is transferred to a heat signature map that enables neurologists to see what areas of the brain function during play. The team reports that anyone playing the game for one or two minutes gives them up to three years of vital research data.

Family caregivers and the seniors they care for can help this significant research by downloading the app today. With a bit of luck, the findings from this study may help future generations of Columbus senior home care providers look after aged adults with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Until then, you can call Home Care Assistance of Columbus, OH, at (614) 481-8888 for help caring for your loved one. Our highly trained caregivers are always available to help seniors with cognitive disorders by offering cognitive stimulation, emotional support, prescription pick-ups, safety monitoring, and so much more. Let us help your loved one overcome the challenges of dementia in the comfort of home.