BRADLEY, Ill., March 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- BMA Management, Ltd., one of the 25 largest assisted living providers in the U.S., has selected the Dakim BrainFitness System as a key component in their health and wellness initiatives. BMA piloted the computer-based program in two of its 33 Illinois communities for a year, and now plans to expand the program to 12 additional communities during 2011.
"Our company focus is on maintaining the health, wellness, dignity and independence of each resident; and we recognize that maintaining one's cognitive health is a very important aspect of successful aging," said Beth Quarles, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for BMA Management. "Dakim's program is unique in it's ability to address the brain fitness needs of each resident individually, and over the past year our residents have reported that the program has made a real difference with their memory abilities. The expansion of the program is logical given the outcomes, and yet another reason why BMA continues to be a leading innovator in affordable senior housing."
The Dakim program includes a specialized touch-screen computer and brain fitness exercises that adjust to the ability levels of each resident. Clinically tested Dakim BrainFitness cross-trains the brain in six cognitive domains using entertaining multimedia activities that contain film clips and music from seniors' past, are updated regularly, and require no computer skills – simply a tap on the screen. The self-service nature of the system minimizes the need for caregiver assistance and associated costs.
Decades of medical research have associated consistent, long-term participation in cognitively stimulating activities with a significantly reduced risk of cognitive decline. Clinical trials by a major university have shown that individuals who used the Dakim program experienced significant improvements in memory retention and delayed recall.
"Researchers agree that ongoing mental stimulation can help preserve brain function. The operative word is 'ongoing' because the benefits seem to lessen if you stop. That means that a brain fitness program has to be enjoyable enough to keep people coming back for more," said Dakim CEO Dan Michel. "That's the key to Dakim BrainFitness. It's based on science, but it feels like a TV game show."
Dakim is the leading provider of turnkey brain fitness programs for senior living providers, with installations in over 440 communities nationally. Dakim can be reached at 888-693-2546 or on the web at www.dakim.com. Dakim's program is also available as a software product for individual use on personal computers.
BMA Management can be reached at 877-882-1495, or on the web at www.bma-mgmt.com/