Video game boosts mental abilities in older folks

AP News interviews the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology’s Elizabeth Zelinski on a new brain-training video game.

In a preliminary study, healthy volunteers ages 60 to 85 showed gains in their ability to multitask, to stay focused on a boring activity and to keep information in mind — the kind of memory you use to remember a phone number long enough to write it down. All those powers normally decline with age, Dr. Adam Gazzaley of the University of California, San Francisco, and colleagues noted in a study released Wednesday by the journal Nature.