Seniors with memory or cognitive impairments can benefit from a variety of computer-based aids. Non-invasive Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCIs) have been used to restore memory and plan using electromagnetic stimulation and biofeedback. This modulates the patient's brain activity as part of a rehabilitation program. Research conducted by Georgia Tech's principal investigator, Tracy Mitzner, PhD, and the CREATE team showed that older adults have a positive attitude towards technology and are willing to use useful devices in their daily lives.
The team is also planning to develop easy-to-use educational support for transportation applications such as Uber and Google Maps, which will include a system similar to PRISM designed specifically for people with cognitive deficiencies. The Alzheimer's Association has partnered with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to develop the Healthy Brain Initiative. This initiative recommends studying the effects of mental activity as part of its roadmap to maintain or improve cognitive performance for all adults. To this end, there is a need for more longitudinal Randomized Controlled Trials (RCTs) that demonstrate the effectiveness of computer-based training programs as an appropriate intervention tool for older people with cognitive disabilities. This is because pharmacological treatment generates quite modest benefits, is invasive and quite expensive.