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Innovative technology keeping minds active

With dementia the single greatest cause of disability in older Australians (aged 65 years or older)* aged care provider Wesley Mission Queensland is dedicated to finding innovative ways to keep residents’ minds active.

Thanks to a Gambling Community Benefit Fund grant of $8,540, Wesley Mission Queensland will this week welcome its 12th Brain Trainer Plus™, a stand-alone 20 inch touch-screen PC with sophisticated memory games designed especially for older people.

Wesley Mission Queensland’s Director of Residential Aged Care, Annie Gibney said the use of the Brain Trainer Plus is an important diversional therapy activity for all residents, particularly those living with dementia.

“We know from research the importance of keeping our minds active and engaged as we age, and these short-term memory games offer stimulating and easy games for our residents to play,” she said.

“The Brain Trainer Plus machines align with the Eden Alternative™ Philosophy of care that we embrace across all our aged care services. The philosophy is a holistic approach to maintaining the wellbeing of older people in a healthy and spontaneous environment that celebrates and acknowledges the uniqueness of each individual resident in our care.

“Using tools such as the Brain TrainerPlus allows staff to find innovative and unique ways to engage each resident and cater to their interests and find out how we can support them on their journey.”

Director of Brain Trainer Plus Australia, Simone Ell, said the software is easy to use for all age groups.

“The Brain TrainerPlus has a strong appeal for people living with dementia, regardless of their experience with computers. Residents can enjoy games and puzzles engaging both the long and short-term memory in the visuospatial and auditory domain,” she said.

“Experiences from users show that the Brain TrainerPlus has an enormous improvement in quality of life for aged care residents and contributes to a fun and playful atmosphere in communities where residents can engage and play the games together or with family and friends.”

Wesley Mission Queensland has 13 aged care communities located across greater Brisbane, offering responsive and flexible care in a nurturing and vibrant environment.

* Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2012) Dementia in Australia.
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