Washington: Regular video game playing canhelp combat depression in older people effectively, a newresearch has claimed. Scientists at the University of California, San DiegoSchool of Medicine, found that use of "exergames" -- videogames that combine game play with exercise -- significantlyimprove mood and mental health-related quality of life inolder people suffering from subsyndromal depression (SSD).
The participants reported high satisfaction and ratedthe exergames on various attributes including enjoyment,mental effort, and physical limitations. "The study suggests encouraging results from the use ofthe exergames as more than one-third of the participants had a50 per cent or greater reduction of depressive symptoms," theysaid. "Many had a significant improvement in their mentalhealth-related quality of life and increased cognitivestimulation"Jeste said feedback revealed some participants startedthe study feeling nervous about how they would perform in theexergames and the technical aspects of game play. However, by the end of the study, most participantsreported that learning and playing the video games wassatisfying and enjoyable. "The participants thought the exergames were fun, theyfelt challenged to do better and saw progress in their gameplay," Jeste said. "Having a high level of enjoyment and satisfaction, anda choice among activities, exergames may lead to sustainedexercise in older adults." The scientists, however stressed that exergames carrypotential risks of injury, and should be practiced withappropriate care. PTI
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