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Brain Fitness Reduces Risk of Onset of Depressive Symptoms
Date:8/5/2009

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Brain fitness exercise can reduce the risk of depression, according to a study just published in the Journal of Gerontology (Psychological Sciences). Clinical depression in older adults contributes to higher risk for poor health outcomes and complications from other disorders. The new findings on brain fitness are part of an ongoing study of healthy adults aged 65 and older funded by the National Institutes of Health and known as the Advanced Cognitive Training for Independent and Vital Elderly (ACTIVE) study.

The ACTIVE study randomly assigned participants to four groups: one group did computerized brain exercises, a second group took classes in memory strategies, a third group took classes in reasoning and a fourth group served as a control that engaged in no special activity.

Earlier reporting on the study found that the brain fitness exercise participants improved their speed of processing, health-related quality of life and various measures related to maintaining independent living. This new report on 1,606 participants measured onset of depressive symptoms, using the CESD-12, a standard 12-item scale for depressive symptoms. Researchers used a score of nine or more as a designation of suspected clinical depression. The study found only participants who engaged in the brain fitness exercises significantly reduced their risk of onset of suspected clinical depression. They reduced their risk by 38 percent as compared to the control group.

The training used in the study is commercially available as part of the InSight(TM) brain fitness program from Posit Science Corp. Posit Science distributes its programs to the public through its website, through national insurers and through hundreds of daily classes at retirement communities, senior centers and adult education programs.

Posit Science

Posit Science is the leader in clinically proven brain fitness programs. The company works with over 50 scientists from prestigious universities to design and test its interactive computer-based programs. More than 30 articles in leading science and medical journals show that in randomized controlled trials the company's patented technologies significantly increase processing speed, improve memory and attention and enhance quality of life. Posit Science has received grants from the National Institutes of Health and numerous awards and accolades. The company's products, scientists and science are currently featured in the PBS documentary "The Brain Fitness Program." For more information, visit www.PositScience.com or call 1-866-599-6463.

Posit Science is a registered trademark and InSight is a trademark of Posit Science Corporation. Other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.


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