New app for dementia intervention


Scottsdale-based healthcare technology company SMART Brain Aging, Inc., has made available its one-on-one patient intervention program for aging brain health, Brain U Online, through online subscription and iOS app, Brain U Lite.

The result of five years of clinical trials with more than 3,000 participants at Harvard Medical School and Boston University School of Medicine and used by the country’s leading memory care facilities, Brain U Online and Brain U Lite are the world’s first scientifically supported programs developed specifically for aging adults and those with early-stage dementia.

Brain U Online and Brain U Lite were developed specifically for aging individuals, taking into account visual and hearing impairment, as well as physical tremors, and compensate for lip readers by having an on-screen person read the exercises and incorporating larger text and handwriting help.

Dubbed “the defining disease of the baby boomer generation,” dementia affects more than 60 million people worldwide. In the United States alone, that number is expected to triple in the next 10-20 years, as more than 75 million baby boomers continue to age and live longer. According to the World Health Organization, someone in the world develops dementia every three seconds.

When used immediately following physical exercise, the programs are proven to delay progression of the disease by up to 2.5 years and reduce the negative cognitive impact by up to 45%.

Developed by geriatric clinical neuropsychologist and researcher Dr. John DenBoer, Brain U Online features more than 20,0000 exercises focused on processing speed, executive functioning, speech and language, memory and attention and concentration, while the iOS app, Brain U Lite, puts a collection of hundreds of exercises at your fingertips and is designed to be used “on the go” during or immediately after physical exercise.

“We developed SMART Brain Aging with one purpose – to help prevent, delay and reduce the impact of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia so that patients can continue to live full, independent lives even after diagnosis,” says Dr. DenBoer, CEO and founder of SMART Brain Aging, Inc. “Let me be clear, this is not a ‘brain game.’ It is the first and only scientifically-supported digital therapy program developed specifically for aging adults who want to maintain healthy brain function and those suffering from the early stages of dementia.”

An innovative line of research has shown that when cognitive exercise is paired with aerobic-based exercise, there is a significant chance of reducing microvascular ischemic changes (vascular dementia) and mitigating the advancement of cortical atrophy (Alzheimer’s dementia). With the rise of exercise among America’s aging population, Brain U Online and Brain U Lite could be formative programs in the battle against dementia.

For more information, visit brainuonline.com or download the app Brain U Lite from the App Store.

 

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