Cognitive Deficits, also called intellectual disability, is a condition beginning in childhood in which people show significant limitations in their ability to learn and function. Intellectual disabilities are divided into degrees of severity based on their level of impairment. These include mild, moderate, severe, or profound. About 5% of the population have cognitive deficits, and most of these individuals fall into the mild range deficit category. Even individuals with a mild cognitive deficit are at an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s or Dementia.
Exergaming can be very beneficial for people who have cognitive deficits. To get an understanding of the severity of their cognitive disability, individuals can be evaluated based on their cognitive skills, gross motor skills, fine motor skills, and social skills. Using interactive fitness to evaluate these skills has proven to be a terrific method. Exergame has proven to not only have physical benefits but cognitive ones as well. Things like the tWall, Makoto, CardioWall and iDance are great for improving gross and fine motor skills. You can also improve social skills as multiple individuals can use the equipment at once. People with cognitive deficits are at a higher risk of behavioral issues, so Exergame rooms can be used as a safe space for them to have fun and stay active at the same time!
Ways to improve cognitive deficits.
- Physical Activity- studies have shown that physical activity can help improve memory. Now tie in functional fitness movements with interactive fitness to take exercise to the next level.
- Brain Training Games- Exergaming is a perfect example of ways to train the brain. Things like the Makoto have proven to improve performance of the brain for all ages.
- Reduce Stress- people with high amounts of stress are more likely to suffer from cognitive problems than those who are free of stress. Consider reducing stress in natural ways including exercise, naps, relaxing hobbies, etc.
The research doesn’t lie! It’s a proven fact that physical activity can immensely help people with cognitive deficits. Whether you’re a medical center, health club, or physical therapy clinic, exergaming can truly be valuable for the individuals you work with! Contact us today