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The Use of Mobile Games to Assess Cognitive Function of Elderly with and without Cognitive Impairment

This publication appears in: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease

Authors: B. Bonnechère, m. Van Vooren, J. Bier, S. De Breucker, O. Van Hove, S. Van Sint Jan, V. Feipel and B. Jansen

Volume: 64

Issue: 4

Pages: 1285-1293

Publication Date: Jul. 2018


Abstract:

Background:In the past few years numerous mobile games have been developed to train the brain. There is a lack of information about the relation between the scores obtained in these games and the cognitive abilities of the patients. Objective:The aim of this study was to determine whether or not mobile games can be used to assess cognitive abilities of elderly. Methods:Twenty healthy young adults, 29 old patients with cognitive impairments (Mini-Mental State Exam (MMSE) [20– 24]) and 27-aged controls participated in this study. Scores obtained in 7 mobile games were correlated with MMSE and the Addenbrooke’s Cognitive Evaluation revised (ACE-R). Results:Statistically significant differences were found for all games between patients with cognitive impairments and the aged controls. Correlations between the average scores of the games and the MMSE and ACE-R are significant (R = 0.72 [p < 0.001] and R = 0.81 [p < 0.001], respectively). Conclusion:Scores of cognitive mobile games could be used as an alternative to MMSE and ACE-R to evaluate cognitive function of aged people with and without cognitive impairment at least when MMSE is higher than 20/30.

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