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Computer game to tackle Alzheimer's

2nd June 2006

A computer game launched by Nintendo has been cited as the latest weapon in the fight against Alzheimer's disease.

The Brain Training game developed by Nintendo's Dr Kawashima is already creating a stir among the elderly in Japan and many experts have reacted positively to the possible impact of the game.

It is thought that cognitive stimulation can lower the risk of developing Alzheimer's and Brain Training involves word games, arithmetic tests and sudoku puzzles to keep users' minds in good shape, reports the Australian.

"There is a sound scientific basis for this ... There is increasing evidence that keeping your mind active does seem to be a prevention for progressing towards Alzheimer's," remarked Professor Michael Woodward, director of aged and residential care for private hospital group Austin Health in Australia.

Experts have frequently urged the elderly to knit, do crosswords or play chess in order to reduce the risk of the disease and the new Nintendo game is likely to be added to this list.