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Retirement Home Residents Stimulate Their Brains With Computers

Still Hopes residents participate in the new brain programs. Still Hopes residents participate in the new brain programs.
Residents use the new program that requires a laptop, headphones, and a mouse. Residents use the new program that requires a laptop, headphones, and a mouse.

By Kelsey McCurry

Posted March 22, 2010 9:50 AM

A new computer program is helping Still Hopes Episcopal Retirement Community residents stay independent and boost their confidence at  Wellness Center.

The new brain fitness program called Drive Sharp was created by the Posit Science Software Corporation. Wellness Director Denise Heimlich says car insurance companies are currently examining the usefulness of Posit Science programs to help keep senior citizens on the road.

The programs are intended to help with skills that can diminish with age. In addition to the driver improvement program at Still Hopes, there is also a 26-week program called Insight.

"Insight trains visual processing not necessarily how well your eyes see, but how well your brain processes what you see as far as accuracy, speed, and attention identifying what's important and storing that into memory," said Heimlich.

Still Hopes residents who participate in the programs say they are very easy to learn.

"Its very user friendly it's a lot of concentration and I think that's what us old people like out here," said resident Herbert Guerry.

The program is a big hit at Still Hopes, with some residents already signing up to go through the classes again. The program will soon be available to the public. There is already a waiting list for those who want to participate.

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