Brain Training--and monitoring?
Like 1.4m Japanese, I have applied myself to Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training on the Nintendo DS. After 2 months I reduced my brain age to more than 20 years below my biological age--not bad I guess.
Using Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Dr. Ryuta Kawashima (a neroscientist at Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan) has selected numerical and verbal tests that most activate your brain's hemispheres. Surprisingly, the tests are not sophisticated. You solve a range of simple arithmetical and verbal puzzles quickly and your memory is also tested.
The handwriting and speech recognition are good--but it's still frustrating sometimes when the software misreads my handwriting scrawl giving me a red cross instead of the green tick I should have had!
I bought Nintendo's Big Brain Academy which was released recently in the UK. It also tests mental agility with another series of puzzles. I will let you know how I get on.
Devices like this could be used to remotely monitor cognition and perhaps give an early warning of its decline.
Nintendo's UK site for Brain Training.