LOS ANGELES, July 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- A clinical trial of Dakim BrainFitness, a computerized brain training program from Dakim, Inc., has validated the program's ability to sharpen cognitive skills that can be lost with age. The study by California university researchers showed measurable improvements in cognitive performance after just 40 Dakim brain workouts of 20 minutes each over a period of two to six months.
The results carry broad significance for the 120 million Baby Boomers and seniors in North America – including 10,000 Americans now turning 65 every day – who are either dealing with or facing the threat of cognitive decline. These demographic patterns are fueling rapid growth in the brain fitness market, which is expected to reach $6 billion in annual revenues by 2020.
The peer-reviewed study, published in the July issue of the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, used Dakim BrainFitness to assess the cognitive effects of computer-based brain training. The Dakim program uniquely combines scientifically based exercises using videos, music and humor to keep users engaged; cross-training in short- and long-term memory, critical thinking, visuospatial orientation, calculation and language; memory-boosting techniques to help users remember names, words, shopping lists, reading information and more; and patented technology that adjusts the sequence and difficulty of activities to each user's performance.
Researchers found that:
- All participants who completed at least 40 Dakim sessions at either the two- or the six-month evaluation period showed significant improvements in all three cognitive domains examined: immediate memory, delayed memory and language.
- Many participants showed improvement after only two months.
- Participants who were given the opportunity to play more than 40 sessions did so voluntarily, playing an average of 38 additional sessions between the two- and six-month testing periods.
"This study validates the anecdotal reports that we have received in the seven years since we released the first generation of our Dakim BrainFitness platform," said Dakim CEO Dan Michel. "The results are directly connected to the design of the program, from the creative multimedia exercises to the cross-training and personalization features. No other brain fitness program has these capabilities, and they make all the difference in both effectiveness and in encouraging consistent use by providing an enjoyable experience."
The Dakim platform was originally designed to help seniors combat cognitive decline. That platform, played on a touchscreen appliance requiring no computer skills, is now the #1 brain fitness program in senior living communities across North America. A home software version for PCs and Macs was released in 2010.
A new web-based Dakim service with fresh content tailored to a younger audience is scheduled for release in late 2013. It will feature the same multimedia approach, multi-domain exercises, and dynamic adjustment of the exercise sequence and challenge level based on user history and performance. Subscriptions will be available by the month or by the year.
Dakim has earned multiple awards for its innovative approach to brain fitness, including recognition by The Edison Awards, ABL Innovations in Healthcare, International CES Innovations Showcase, and The Mature Market Resource Center's New Product & Technology Awards. In addition to senior living communities, the Dakim BrainFitness platform is used by healthcare professionals including neurologists, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists and geriatric psychiatrists; Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington, D.C.; several military bases in the U.S.; and individual consumers.
About Dakim, Inc.
Dakim Inc. is the leading provider of clinically tested brain fitness programs that provide rigorous cognitive stimulation to help people sharpen and preserve brain function. Featuring entertaining multimedia exercises with proprietary technology that selects the next appropriate exercise and adjusts the challenge to provide maximum effectiveness for each user, the company's Dakim BrainFitness platform is available as a turnkey hardware-based system that is the #1 cognitive exercise program in senior living communities in North America; in a software edition used by healthcare professionals to help combat cognitive decline as well as help patients suffering from stroke or traumatic brain injury; and, coming in late 2013, as a web-based subscription service tailored to Baby Boomers and seniors. Dakim BrainFitness is also the only evidence-based brain cognition program approved by the U.S. Administration on Aging. The company is headquartered in Santa Monica, CA. For more information, visit www.dakim.com.
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