Recent work in research on cognitive development has shown that patients lose cognitive performance during hospitalization and rehabilitation. We evaluated whether playing electronic games like Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training: How Old Is Your Brain? on a Nintendo DS can help prevent this loss of cognitive performance. We enrolled 32 participants (16 played the game and 16 served as a control group) in our study. The play group showed an increase in their cognitive performance and the control group showed a decrease 2 weeks after total hip arthroplasty. This article is of interest to all veterans who need to keep up their cognitive performance during extended time in hospitals and rehabilitation centers. The cognitive stability also helps patients reintegrate into everyday life after surgery.
Volume 47 Number 9, 2010
Pages 891 — 898
Last Reviewed or Updated Tuesday, December 7, 2010 9:48 AM