Video Games

Video Games Can Help Older People Boost Brain's Ability

Young at brain, so to speak


It probably won't become as popular as "Grand Theft Auto," but a specialized video game may help older people boost mental skills like handling multiple tasks at once.

In a preliminary study, healthy volunteers ages 60 to 85 showed gains in their ability to multitask, to stay focused on a boring activity and to keep information in mind—the kind of memory you use to remember a phone number long enough to write it down.