Middletown, NJ (PRWEB) June 13, 2013
Anant Goel, CEO at RKNet Studios stated: “ Repeated episodes of disappointments or abuse in relationships may cause problems in developing new friendships and relationships. Also, rather than look for signs of acceptance from others we may be on the alert for signs of rejection. If we are afraid that others won’t accept us, we may come off as aloof or critical. Then, people become more careful around us, so a self-fulfilling prophecy or a loneliness loop develops."
Chronically lonely people- estimated at 20 percent of the population and as high as 40 percent of adults over age 65- may have problems because of the way they think about other people, said Dr. Hawkley, a psychologist at the University of Chicago.
According to a University of California, San Francisco study published in July 2012, loneliness is a risk factor for functional decline and early death in adults over age 60. More than 43 percent of the 1,604 participants reported that they often felt left out or isolated or lacked companionship. In the six-year follow-up period, more than half of the self-identified lonely people had difficulty with basic housekeeping and personal tasks. They also had a 45 percent greater risk of dying earlier than older adults who felt more connected to others.
The majority of lonely people (62.5 percent) were married or living with others- an indication that feeling lonely and being alone are not the same. “It’s not the quantity but the quality of your relationships that matters,” said Dr. Carla M. Perissinotto, a geriatrician who led the study. “You can’t tell who may be feeling lonely. It’s not just a little old lady living all alone.”
Is loneliness biological? Is it socially mediated- meaning, are lonely people simply not caring for themselves or not interacting with family or caregivers? What are the mechanisms at play and what are some practical interventions? That’s where the research needs to go next.
While we wait for next round of research, there’s something RKNet Studios has done to help senior adults fight loneliness by engaging in cognitive development computer games for fun, companionship, and prevention of cognitive decline.
Developing awareness and sensory integration are key features for cognitive skills development in Cognitions Bridge games; which are designed to act as therapy to many disorders including loneliness, Autism, and dementia.
In a game played against the computer, the sensory integration in Cognitions Bridge games tries to "balance" the input of the senses. The computer acts as mentor and a friendly playmate that can play for hours, communicates non-verbally and doesn’t judge. If a senior adult needs more input to feel satisfied and connected to the world around them, the game introduces healthy challenges, increasing complexity, and a competitively winning opportunity that will provide the right amount of stimulus.
If the senior adult needs less input to feel at peace with the world around them, the game can be played at their own pace in the gentler forms of play, to encourage them not to retreat entirely.
Cognitions Bridge games are real life strategy and intelligence games; and are fun while developing cognitive and social skills playing against the computer. Once the senior adult is comfortable playing and accepts the computer as a playmate, a caregiver or friend can join-in the game to take over the fun opportunity and engage in a competitive game... as a real social interaction with another human.
Game highlights the cognitive skills engaged, keeps scores to monitor player’s progress, and at the end it grades cognitive skills level. Everyone has cognitive abilities, but not everyone's abilities are the same. There are some natural differences that separate the potential of an astronaut from a taxi driver.
Children need to develop cognitive skills for success in life, adults need to maintain their skills just to survive, and seniors need to hang-on to their skills to prevent on-set of dementia and Alzheimer’s. But most importantly, we all need friends that treat us with respect and dignity in our senior adult years.
Cognitions Bridge games can be downloaded from Google PLAY Store or the Apple APP Store.
Launch Press: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1nLhrvZxbg
Download Free Game from Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.rknetstudio.ninja
Download from App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/21-bridge/id623725250?ls=1&mt=8
About RKNet Studios:
RKNet Studio develops and distributes digital media content, mobile apps and mobile games for the global audiences. Created by NJBIN award winning team; Cognitions Bridge mobile apps and games are for education, entertainment, brain fitness, and cognitive skills development. The designers/developers bring over 40 years of experience in technology, Applied Cognitive Psychology, communications, and applied operator training systems for fast moving Nuclear Power Control Room environments.
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