Healthy and Abnormal Aging

What Is It?

Elderly people face not only physical decline but cognitive.

Aging occurs throughout the lifespan. As people get older, physical complications arise as do cognitive. In healthy aging populations, the declines are slight and can be improved with regular physical activity, healthy eating habits, community engagement and by doing cognitive demanding tasks.

In people with Alzheimer’s or dementia, the nervous system deteriorates as plaques and Lewy bodies become more present within the neural tissue. These populations are particularly sensitive as their physical and cognitive functions are dramatically impacted. Patients with these disorders forget who their loved ones are, where they live and whether they have completed an activity such as taking medication.

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What Can Be Done?

Engaging elders with empathy, open-mindedness, and a smile can help foster positive interactions and emotions. In addition, healthy nutrition and physical exercise can prevent and delay signs of cognitive aging.

Cognitive remediation can assist healthy aging and dementia populations improve cognitive function in everyday life. Areas elderly and dementia patients have difficulty with include memory, attention, language, visuospatial skills, and executive functions.

Therapy for dementia and related disorders include medications, occupational therapy, psychotherapy, environmental modifications, and simplification of complex tasks.

How Can HappyNeuron Pro Help?

HappyNeuron Pro can be used as a tool to continue therapy outside of the clinic.

As the clinician, you can set the level of difficulty, duration, response time, number of stimuli, type of stimuli, and create custom exercise plans for your patient. As your patient uses HappyNeuron Pro, you can view their progress and identify areas they are still struggling with to better focus your therapy sessions on those issues.

You can utilize all our exercises to directly focus on memory, executive function, language, and visuospatial skills that are impaired in healthy and abnormal aging. Below are a few that are often used:

Restaurant

Trains capacity to memorize in addition to visual and verbal memory by having a patient remember orders of people at a table.

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Screenshot of HappyNeuron Pro exercise Basketball in NY

Basketball in New York

Requires patient to engage in strategy and problem solving to plan actions that lead to successful completion. Also trains visuo-mental skills.

An American in Paris

Trains the visual spatial system, memory, and information recall and extraction.

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Screenshot of HappyNeuron Pro exercise Writing in the Stars

Writing in the Stars

Trains logical reasoning for use in keeping track of appointments and engaging in group activities.

Elephant Memory

Trains strategy techniques to memorize material without learning it by heart.

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Screenshot of HappyNeuron Pro exercise Two Timing

Two-Timing

Trains a person’s ability to share attention between two different types of stimuli: auditory and visual.

In addition, we provide exercises that focus on other domains of cognition such as Memory, Executive Function, Visual Memory, Processing Speed, the Auditory system, and Verbal Memory.

Aging is difficult as patients can be frustrated by the challenges that come with growing older. It is easy for people to feel like they are losing touch with how they used to be and become disheartened. You can assist patients maintain and improve their cognitive function with our other exercises, which they can use in and outside of the clinical setting using HappyNeuron Pro.

How Do We Fit Into Your Practice?

As people age, the ability live independently can be lost. This is the case with people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Some people reside in specialized care facilities or a senior living community. Therapy can be done in a patient’s home, within a care facility, or in a medical professional’s office. Care teams for elders include different kinds of therapists as physical, mental, and cognitive well-being gradually deteriorate with normal aging but can deteriorate faster with age-related neurodegenerative diseases.

HappyNeuron Pro can be used wherever you are conducting therapy with your patient. We are an internet based service, meaning all you need to access our software is an internet connection and appropriate device such as a tablet, laptop, or desktop computer. For group therapy sessions, you can connect an HDMI cord from a computer to a television screen. For groups, Split Words, Sleight of Hands, and Shapes and Colors can be great icebreakers to encourage laughter and foster participation from individuals.

If you are assigning homework for your patient to do outside the clinic, ensure that they have access to internet and a device or an alternative strategy to access the software on their own time. Many facilities do have computer labs, but local libraries as well as community centers can provide these resources if your patient is able to travel to them. In addition, they can perform exercises from a friend or family member’s home.

To experience first hand how we can assist in your care for elderly patients and those with age-related neurodegenerative disorders, please try our 15 Day Free Trial. You will have access to all of our content and resources, as well as be able to setup accounts for your patients to try exercises remotely.

Page last updated on Jun 19,2019

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