Depression in Seniors and Elderly: Games VS MedicationPosted on August 28, 2014 by ElderCare Resources in Blog, Caregiver Education, Caregiving, Healthy Living
Computer Games Better Than Medication in Treating Elderly Depression
By Charles Choi
Computer games could help in treating older people with depression who haven’t been helped by antidepressant drugs or other treatments for the disorder, researchers say.
In a study of 11 older patients, researchers found playing certain computer games was just as effective at reducing symptoms of depression as the “gold standard” antidepressant drug escitalopram. Moreover, those patients playing the computer games achieved results in just four weeks, compared to the 12 weeks it often takes with Escitalopram (also known by its brand name, Lexapro).
The computer games even improved what researchers call executive functions more than the drug did, according to the study. These functions are the thinking skills used in planning and organizing behavior, and their impairment has been linked to depression in elderly patients.