Online Holistic Wellness Health Study Shows that Cognitive Status, Physical Health and Daily Functioning are Interrelated
NEW YORK, Dec. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — A recent study “A Holistic Approach to Assess Older Adults’ Wellness Using e-Health Technologies”, conducted at the School of Nursing and the School of Medicine, at the University of Washington, by Dr. Hilaire Thomson and Dr. George Dimiris, and published this month in TELEMEDICINE and e-HEALTH shows that holistic wellness (cognitive, physiological, spiritual and social) can be assessed successfully in older adults using informatics applications in a sample of community-dwelling elders. The study also reveals an association between cognitive function and physiological health as well as between cognitive abilities and activities of daily living, thus making a stronger claim for an integrated approach to the assessment of wellness and brain fitness, CogniFit reports.
A group of community-dwelling elders engaged in the use of diverse technologies to assess cognitive performance, physiological and functional variables, as well as psychometric components of wellness. Strong associations were found across multiple parameters of wellness, including cognitive, functional, and physical. Participants expressed overall positive attitudes toward the e-health tools and the holistic approach to the assessment of wellness.
Dr. Evelyn Shatil, Head of Cognitive Science at CogniFit explains “CogniFit’s neuro-cognitive online assessment has been widely validated and is well known for its neuro-scientific and technological merit. Dr. Thomson’s and Dimiris’ results however, for the first time, add a new dimension to CogniFit neuro-cognitive evaluation: they reveal a strong link between our neuro-cognitive parameters and parameters of physiological health such as blood pressure as well as between our evaluation and activities of daily living: less cognitively fit individuals manifested poorer physical health and were less successful in coping with activities of daily living.”
The most recent research in neuroscience shows that individualized-interactive cognitive training (also called brain training), and physical exercise are the only proven ways to improve cognitive function. We hope that these new results that show the link between mental and physical health, will encourage older adults to engage in brain training, as it might improve cognitive function especially in cases of individuals with cardiovascular difficulties. The individual assessment integrated in the free online CogniFit cognitive platform was used by the University of Washington researchers, and, just as the subjects in the study, older adults will enjoy looking at their cognitive results and seeing how these improve as a result of cognitive training.
CogniFit (http://www.cognifit.com) is a leading developer of online cognitive program that enable people to discover and improve themselves. Founded in 1999, CogniFit has developed a patented technology that helps consumers assess and train their cognitive skills and abilities to improve their quality of life. CogniFit is headquartered in New York City with branches in Europe.
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