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Seniors Part of Study To Improve Cognitive Skills

By Hook Law Center

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor made headlines in late February 2013 when he stated The National Science Foundation wasted more than $1 million on seniors, paying them to play the online, virtual-world game World of Warcraft and studying the effect it had on their brains. It was, said Cantor, another example of wasteful government spending.

A grant from the National Science Foundation was awarded to North Carolina State University and Georgia Tech; they were interested in studying whether playing computer games could slow mental decline, and if so, whether games had common elements that could be incorporated into cognition-enhancing “brain games.” Researchers have long wondered whether memory games and problem-solving games could be beneficial to seniors.

More than 200 seniors were tested for cognitive abilities before and after playing a spatial puzzle game to see if playing produced any change. The findings will be shared with Georgia Tech experts, who will incorporate the data into new game development focused on helping seniors retain or improve their cognitive skills. But according to the National Science Foundation’s abstract on the grant, World of Warcraft was not part of the experiment.

Interested in improving your own reasoning skills, memory and processing speed? Experts suggest you play games, work on crosswords, brain teasers and puzzles, and pick up a new hobby or craft.

The elder law attorneys and estate planning lawyers at the Hook Law Center in Virginia Beach and Suffolk, help Virginia families with trust & estate administration, guardianships, long term care planning, special needs planning, veterans benefits, and more. Learn more at https://www.hooklawcenter.com/

Posted on Saturday, March 23rd, 2013. Filed under Senior Law News.

A Call for Virginia Salute to Senior Service Volunteer Nominations

By Hook Law Center

A home health care provider for seniors is asking Virginians to nominate an outstanding senior volunteer for state — and possibly national — recognition.

The Salute to Senior Service program by Home Instead Senior Care celebrates seniors 65 and older who contribute to their community by volunteering at least 15 hours each month. The organization is inviting the public to nominate outstanding senior volunteers. Do you know someone who has made a significant contribution? You may even nominate yourself. Nominations are being accepted between February 1 and March 31, 2013. The state winners will then be chosen by popular vote on the program’s website between April 15th and April 30, 2013.

A national Salute to Senior Service honoree will then be chosen from the group of state winners by a panel of senior care experts. Home Instead has announced that it will donate $500 to the nonprofit organizations of choice as selected by each of the state winners, and their volunteer stories will be included on the online Wall of Fame. The national winner’s chosen nonprofit will receive $5,000.

The nomination form and official rules of the contest can be found online at
http://www.salutetoseniorservice.com/

The elder law attorneys and estate planning lawyers at the Hook Law Center in Virginia Beach and Suffolk, help Virginia families with trust & estate administration, guardianships, long term care planning, special needs planning, veterans benefits, and more. Learn more at https://www.hooklawcenter.com/

Posted on Wednesday, March 13th, 2013. Filed under Senior Law News.
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