Dakim BrainFitness for Seniors Tops 1 Million User Sessions

Used in Over 450 Senior Living Communities to Help Residents Fight Memory Loss

Mar 22, 2011, 11:18 ET from Dakim

SANTA MONICA, Calif., March 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Thousands of seniors trying to maintain their mental acuity have now completed more than one million 20-minute sessions of Dakim BrainFitness, the #1 cognitive stimulation program in America's senior living market. The award-winning program – clinically tested and shown to improve memory – has been installed in more than 450 senior living communities nationwide since its introduction in 2006.

The 1 million milestone reflects the appeal of Dakim BrainFitness' design – including a TV game show-like presentation as well as self-adjustment for different ability levels – along with rising concern over the epidemic of dementia and Alzheimer's disease. More than 20 years of medical research has concluded that consistent mental stimulation that exercises different portions of the brain can dramatically reduce the risk of dementia.

"The key to brain exercise for seniors is twofold: rigorously cross-training the brain in multiple cognitive domains and making the activities enjoyable enough to do on the consistent basis that has been shown to achieve results," said Dan Michel, CEO and Founder of Dakim. "We developed Dakim BrainFitness with those objectives in mind, and the fact that we have just seen our 1 millionth session completed demonstrates that we succeeded in building a program with true staying power for users."  

Users say:

  • "Dakim BrainFitness has become a cornerstone of our mental wellness program and we are proud to have the largest installation of Dakim Brain fitness systems in the country. The brain health of our residents matters and no other program can compete with the sophistication and affordability of what Dakim delivers." – Kari Olson, CIO and President of the Front Porch Center for Technology Innovation and Wellbeing
  • "Dakim's program is unique in its 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." - Beth Quarles, VP Sales & Marketing of BMA Management in Illinois
  • "Some people tease me about being addicted to the Dakim system. I agree!" –Hazel George, senior living community resident

In senior living environments, the Dakim system is supplied on a special touch screen computer that requires no mouse, keyboard or computer knowledge. It is the #1 memory care program in the senior living industry because of that ease of use, limited need for staff involvement and often-humorous multimedia activities with cultural references harkening back to seniors' youth.

Dakim BrainFitness is also available as PC and Mac compatible software for home use and for health care professionals including neurologists, geriatric psychiatrists, speech pathologists and occupational therapists.

Both versions feature the same entertaining, original brain-building activities that engage seniors with oldies music, film clips and newsreels as well as plenty of humor, variety and a voiceover "host" who explains each challenge and offers encouragement – even if users give wrong answers. Activities range from anagrams and name-that-tune challenges to interactive puzzles and narrated literary passages with follow-up questions.  

Each 20-minute session exercises short- and long-term memory, critical thinking, visuospatial orientation, calculation and language for a thorough brain workout. Activities are updated regularly to sustain interest, and the system self-adjusts the level of challenge for users ranging from active seniors to early-stage Alzheimer's patients.

For more information, visit www.dakim.com or call 888-MY-DAKIM.

About Dakim, Inc.

Dakim, Inc. is the leading provider of a clinically tested brain fitness program that provides rigorous cognitive stimulation to help seniors reduce their risk of memory loss and dementia. The Dakim BrainFitness program offers a constantly changing series of challenging but entertaining multimedia activities to help seniors preserve brain function. The company offers a turnkey system for Senior Living Providers as well as a DVD software package for seniors aging in place at home to use on their own computers (PC or Mac). The company is headquartered in Santa Monica, CA. For more information, visit www.dakim.com.