BrightBrainer feasibility study in a medical adult day program

G. Burdea, K. Polistico, R. Liu, G. House, R. Muniz, N. Macaro, L. Slater, Francis E. Parker, J. Hundal, S. Pollack

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Abstract

Purpose: To determine the feasibility of BrightBrainer training of elderly with dementia attending a Medical Adult Day Program. Method: BrightBrainer brain training games were played by 10 participants who sat in front of a projector screen and interacted through a bimanual game controller. The custom games targeted several cognitive domains such as focus, problem solving, short term memory, working memory, and language comprehension. Participants had a choice of what games to play among those available, and the difficulty adjusted automatically based on individual past performance. The system underwent feasibility trials spanning 16 sessions over 8 weeks. Participants were evaluated pre-intervention, post-intervention, and at 8 week follow up using standardized neuropsychological measures. Computerized measures of movement repetitions, task performance, session duration, games played and game scores were stored on a remote server. Results: Group analysis showed improvement in the cognitive domain of 1.4 points on Mini Mental Status Exam (MMSE) between pre-training and follow-up. One participant who started with MC1 ended with normal cognition (max scores on MMSE and Brief Interview of Mental Status - BIMS). Caregiver feedback noted participants' increased ability to follow one-step directions, to perform activities of daily living and increased desire to attend the Adult Day Program. Most participants enjoyed the computerized training.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2015 International Conference on Virtual Rehabilitation, ICVR 2015
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages57-64
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781479989843
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 16 2015
Externally publishedYes
Event11th Annual International Conference on Virtual Rehabilitation, ICVR 2015 - Valencia, Spain
Duration: Jun 9 2015Jun 12 2015

Publication series

NameInternational Conference on Virtual Rehabilitation, ICVR
ISSN (Electronic)2331-9569

Other

Other11th Annual International Conference on Virtual Rehabilitation, ICVR 2015
CountrySpain
CityValencia
Period6/9/156/12/15

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Computer Networks and Communications

Keywords

  • BrightBrainer
  • adult day program
  • dementia
  • integrative bimanual therapy

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    Burdea, G., Polistico, K., Liu, R., House, G., Muniz, R., Macaro, N., Slater, L., Parker, F. E., Hundal, J., & Pollack, S. (2015). BrightBrainer feasibility study in a medical adult day program. In 2015 International Conference on Virtual Rehabilitation, ICVR 2015 (pp. 57-64). [7358576] (International Conference on Virtual Rehabilitation, ICVR). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/ICVR.2015.7358576