In a recent 10-year study, the Advanced Cognitive Training for Independent and Vital Elderly (ACTIVE), determined that speed training — computer exercises that get users to visually process information more quickly — dramatically reduces the risk of developing dementia and prevents cognitive decline.

Posit Science Corporation, whose Canadian partner is DynamicBrain, made a modern version of that speed training as part of the cognitive training program BrainHQ.

Frank Knoefel, a physician at the Bruyère Memory Program in Ottawa and Clinical Scientist at the Bruyère Research Institute, says it’s the only brain training program he recommends to patients and his own family. “One of the benefits,” he says, “is that the algorithm adapts to the individual’s abilities and gently pushes them to improve.”

BrainHQ exercises are designed to improve memory, speed, and attention. With more than a hundred peer-reviewed studies substantiating its claims, and TIME magazine listing the ACTIVE study as a top scientific discovery of 2016, BrainHQ is used to help people at risk of developing dementia and to slow the progression of the condition in those who have it.

Dr. Nouha Ben Gaied, Director of Research and Development at the Federation of Quebec Alzheimer Societies, says her organization is working with DynamicBrain to incorporate BrainHQ into its program and services. “There are several brain training programs out there,” she says, “but what matters to us is the scientific data behind BrainHQ.”

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