New Brain Training System Entertains While Fighting Dementia: Dakim BrainFitness System Delivers Game Show-Like Mental Workout

Jan 08, 2009, 12:15 ET from Dakim, Inc.

Home Edition of #1 Brain Fitness Product for Senior Living Communities

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- The threat of dementia looms large for anyone over the age of 60, sending consumers scrambling for a way to preserve their brain health. Now a brain training product called the Dakim BrainFitness System helps the over-60 crowd maintain mental acuity through challenging and fun multimedia brain games with names like 'Word Wager' and 'Jukebox Jitterbug' that are as entertaining as a TV game show.

The have-fun design encourages consistent, long-term use to support the 'use it or lose it' findings of multiple research studies. These studies have concluded that ongoing mental stimulation can reduce dementia risk by more than 60% by helping to build a cognitive reserve of neurons and synapses that can help compensate for brain aging. To that end, Dakim developers rejected conventional workbook-style brain exercises in favor of lively activities filled with music, film clips and humor that keep users coming back for more.

The turnkey hardware/software system includes a touch screen computer appliance that requires no mouse or keyboard, plus brain games that adjust to different ability levels and are automatically updated every few days over the Internet to avoid boredom. Already the #1 brain wellness program in senior living communities, the Dakim unit is now being released in a home edition that makes brain fitness fun while also fighting mental decline.

No-Drudgery Workouts

Developed in conjunction with experts in the field of brain health, aging, entertainment and communications, Dakim's activities are based on standardized neurologic tests that have been transformed into original brain games with Hollywood-style production values. Interactive puzzles, stories, word scrambles, visual comparisons and other exercises utilize audio, video, music and mid-20th century cultural references to which older users can instantly relate. Friendly and frequently humorous voiceovers explain each challenge as well as offering encouragement - even if users give the wrong answers.

20 Minutes of Cross-Training

Each 20-minute session includes activities that address short- as well as long-term memory, critical thinking, visuospatial orientation, calculation and language for a thorough workout. 'Keep Your Eyes Open,' for example, trains short-term memory by showing old movie clips and then questioning users about what they saw. 'Phunny Phrases,' on the other hand, exercises language and deductive reasoning by presenting nonsense words and asking users to add the correct letters to turn them into real phrases.

Different Activities for Different Abilities

The Dakim system offers different activities designed for users at five general ability levels ranging from normal brain function to moderate dementia. It also self-adjusts in real time based on user performance, increasing or decreasing difficulty levels within a given exercise. Users simply touch the screen of the laptop-sized unit to interact and answer questions, enabling use even by individuals with early-stage Alzheimer's disease or those who lack the computer skills or dexterity to use a mouse and keyboard.

Our Parents, Our Selves

"We are facing a perfect storm on the brain health front. Baby Boomers are confronting the prospect of deteriorating mental abilities, and older seniors are either seeing the effects of brain aging or worried that they soon will. People are looking for a way to take charge of their brain wellness and build their defenses against dementia," said Dakim CEO Dan Michel. "Our system is the first that provides a brain workout so enjoyable that you'll stick with it for long-term results. It has been widely adopted in senior living community settings, and now we are making it available to home users for the first time."


The Dakim BrainFitness System / Home Edition is scheduled to be released in April at a cost of $2,499 for two people. Demos and ordering information are available at

About Dakim, Inc.

Dakim, Inc. is the leading provider of brain fitness programs designed to help seniors reduce their risk of memory loss and dementia. The Dakim BrainFitness System is a touch screen-based mental stimulation system that offers a constantly changing series of rigorous but entertaining multimedia activities to help seniors preserve brain function. Home users can use it to combat a decline in brain function; institutions and home caregivers can use it to provide effective mental stimulation while reducing the cost of resident care. The company is headquartered in Santa Monica, CA. For more information, visit

SOURCE Dakim, Inc.