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  • Digital tool to help treat Parkinson's cognitive symptoms and improve patient's independence.

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Leaders in cognitive stimulation and neurorehabilitation to treat Parkinson's disease (PD)

People suffering from Parkinson's disease (PD), in addition to the most characteristic symptoms of the disease, such as tremors or slowness of movement, are at risk of suffering cognitive disturbances that affect their daily life. It is not uncommon to observe an impairment in processing speed, attention, memory or response time, among other cognitive alterations.

CogniFit Parkinson's brain training is an online cognitive stimulation and rehabilitation tool that helps strengthen cognitive skills. It also helps minimize the extent of symptoms and cognitive impairment derived from this disorder. This tool is specific for computers, tablets or smartphones and it is recommended 3 times a week for approximately 20 minutes.

The goal of this training is to prevent and stop symptoms and cognitive impairment , whether mild, moderate or severe and to improve the cognitive functioning of people affected by Parkinson's disease. CogniFit neurorehabilitation in PD helps prevent cognitive-related functional impairment and improves quality of life.

Cognitive training difficulty for people with Parkinson adapts as the person trains. This multi-dimensional scientific tool is made up of more than 20 brain games and 15 assessment tasks that train 6 of the most important cognitive skills in Parkinson's disease. This tool has been perfected to continuously measure user performance and automatically regulate the complexity and type of tasks.

Treatments are adapted to individual needs and symptoms of each patient, with the aim of achieving the highest degree of independence and, therefore, an improvement in patient autonomy.

Who is it aimed at?

This clinical cognitive rehabilitation program is easy to use and accessible even for people unfamiliar with cognitive intervention programs. No science or computer knowledge is required to use CogniFit Parkinson's Specific Training. This brain training and cognitive stimulation program can be managed by the patient, family members, professionals and researchers:

People with Parkinson who want to prevent cognitive impairment -Exercise and maintain my cognitive state against cognitive impairment-: CogniFit is indicated for anyone with Parkinson who wants to do cognitive stimulation exercises. CogniFit's Parkinson's-specific cognitive training can help strengthen and maintain your core cognitive functions in a way that helps your independence.

CogniFit brain training automatically adapts to the user's specific needs, taking into account the cognitive abilities most affected by this disease. The program evaluates the person's cognitive outcomes and creates a cognitive training plan specifically designed for the individual and the condition they are suffering from. All training stimuli and activities gradually increase cognitive demands, always adapting to the personal characteristics of each user (age, cognitive deficits and/or impairments, etc.).

CogniFit's specific tools for cognitive stimulation and neurorehabilitation in Parkinson's disease are a leading technology in the prevention of cognitive impairment and an excellent addition to non-pharmacological therapy in order to help stimulate affected cognitive abilities.

Family members or caregivers -Helping my relative with Parkinson to preserve their cognitive health-: The role of the family is essential in providing support to people with Parkinson's-related cognitive impairment or dementia. CogniFit is very easy to use and allows any family member to help strengthen important neuropsychological factors altered during the course of this disease, even if they do not have specialized knowledge.

With this program, we can regulate and manage from our computer the training plan that our family member can do from their own home.

This brain training is ideal for cognitive stimulation in Parkinson's patients, as proper cognitive training can help them reduce the cognitive decline associated with the disease.

Healthcare Professionals-Apply cognitive stimulation and rehabilitation to my Parkinson's patients-: This professional cognitive rehabilitation and stimulation instrument for Parkinson has been validated to assist physicians, psychologists and other health professionals in the intervention of cognitive skills in Parkinson.

CogniFit data and its standardized comparison can help you accurately understand the cognitive symptoms of Parkinson's and work on those that have been altered or weakened. Knowing the pattern of strengths and weaknesses can help you plan your treatment and monitor your progress.

CogniFit brain training can be applied both in therapy and/or at home. The professional can schedule the interval between sessions and will always have access to the effort, progress and cognitive evolution of the patient.

Researchers and scientists -Stimulate and study the neuropsychological characteristics of Parkinson's research participants: This brain training program allows researchers and scientists from around the world to carry out cognitive interventions and study in depth the neuropsychological characteristics of Parkinson's disease.

CogniFit saves time by helping in the collection, management, and data study analysis.

In addition, the CogniFit Researcher tool has a control group that offers different tasks than the "intervention group", and keeps difficulty low. This makes it easy to create experimental designs.

When should I use CogniFit Parkinson's Specific Training for People with Parkinson's?

The progression of Parkinson's disease can vary from patient to patient. Some patients have hardly any symptoms of cognitive impairment, while others may suffer from Parkinson's-related dementia. This makes it sometimes difficult to identify when to start training your cognitive skills.

CogniFit recommends that you start training as soon as possible if any signs of a possible cognitive impairment are detected, as this will improve your prognosis.

  • Being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease: Although a Parkinson diagnosis does not automatically mean that there will be noticeable cognitive problems, prevention is the best way to combat these symptoms. Starting training early can greatly reduce the extent of cognitive impairment.
  • Detect sleep problems in people with Parkinson's disease: The fact of waking up frequently throughout the night, or waking up with the feeling of not having rested, can make us suspicious.
  • Detect speech problems in people with Parkinson's disease: Cognitive impairment in people with Parkinson's disease may be present in difficulty making sentences, speaking loudly, speaking clearly, or speaking at a regular pace.
  • Detect motor problems: An increase in motor symptoms may reflect increased brain damage. Alterations in the brain can also result in cognitive problems.
  • Detect psychological and emotional problems: There are certain behaviors and emotional disturbances that are often related to more advanced stages of Parkinson's, such as irritability, feelings of sadness, or even feelings of being stalked, etc.
  • After conducting a CogniFit evaluation: If the results of your CogniFit evaluation show any areas in red or yellow, it means that they are cognitive weaknesses that you can improve through CogniFit cognitive training.

Leading Technology

Increasing resources and attention are being constantly used to train Parkinson patients cognitively. However, not all cognitive stimulation or rehabilitation programs for Parkinson's are the same.

CogniFit is the leading global tool among neurorehabilitation techniques. This multi-dimensional, clinical instrument contains a variety of exercises for patients with Parkinson's symptoms and is used by rehabilitation centers, hospitals, families, universities and scientific teams around the world. Its patented system stands out for its functionalities and usability:

  • Validated quantitative assessment: CogniFit technology includes a validated quantitative assessment in each training session that accurately measures the skills involved in Parkison and detects neurocognitive alterations caused by brain deterioration (this assessment is normalized by demographic group: sex and age).
  • Personalized cognitive intervention: Once cognitive strengths and weaknesses have been determined, CogniFit employs proprietary algorithms and artificial intelligence (AI) technology to automatically assign Parkinson patients with a personalized cognitive rehabilitation program focused on improving or recovering impaired cognitive functions. CogniFit adjusts the cognitive rehabilitation plan to the user's needs.
  • Variety and novelty: CogniFit introduces variety into all of its brain training exercises, so these activities are always a challenge for the person with Parkinson who is training.
  • Challenge: CogniFit stimulates the fundamental skills involved in Parkinson's disease. The different cognitive stimulation games that make up this tool are adapted to user performance, always adapting and increasing difficulty. Each training task is configured so that the difficulty increases as the user's capacity increases, or decreases if the user is unable to perform. In this way, the activities are not frustrating but still remain a challenge, since they are adjusted to the personal characteristics of each user (age, deficits and/or cognitive impairments, etc.).

Cognitive training skills

Parkinson's disease may involve a number of cognitive symptoms stemming from disease progression and brain deterioration. Although alterations may vary from person to person, CogniFit has collected the major cognitive abilities altered in Parkinson's and created specific training to prevent its decline:

Attention

  • Divided Attention: Divided attention is the ability to pay attention to two different stimuli at a time. People with Parkinson's may have problems when managing their attention resources when there one part of the task requires more attention. This may be present when diving, for example, as attending to multiple stimuli is important for safe driving.

Perception

  • Visual Perception: Visual perception is the ability to interpret information that the eyes receive from the environment. Parkinson's patients may have difficulty distinguishing certain objects, including visual hallucinations.
  • Estimation: Estimation is the ability to predict or generate a response when no other solution is available. People with Parkinson's may have a greater difficulty in efficiently generating accurate estimates.

Memory

  • Contextual Memory: Contextual memory is the ability to memorize and discriminate the real source of a specific memory. This type of memory allows us to remember the different aspects of learning an event (temporal organization of the sequences, source of information, etc.). Parkinson's patients may often forget to do everyday tasks, such as brushing their teeth or shopping.

Executive functions and reasoning:

  • Processing Speed: Processing speed is the time that it takes a person to complete a mental task. In the case of Parkinson's disease, most people do not only suffer from a delay in their movements, but also in their mental processing. This means that someone with Parkinson's may need more time to remember information or solve a problem.

Coordination

  • Reaction Time: Reaction time refers to the time that it takes between when something is perceived and when you respond to the stimulus. This ability is identified as having good reflexes since it refers to the time that passes from when we perceive something until we give a response accordingly. One of the most prototypical features of Parkinson's is the slowness of movement, which means they need more time to perform motor activities.

How does it strengthen cognitive function?

CogniFit cognitive activities have shown to activate and strengthen cognitive abilities involved in Parkinson's through brain plasticity.

By training the brain of the person with Parkinson's disease certain patterns of neuronal activation are stimulated. The repetition of these patterns through brain training can help strengthen established synapses and neuronal circuits so that cognitive abilities are maintained in a better condition in the face of deterioration.

CogniFit personalized cognitive stimulation program is designed to stimulate the adaptive potential of the nervous system and help the brain recover from structural alterations, disorders or injuries where cognitive abilities are affected. CogniFit Parkinson's Specific Training is indicated for anyone who is suffering from this disease, whether or not they have cognitive symptoms.

What will I train with CogniFit's Parkinson's-specific training?

Cognitive stimulation in people with Parkinson makes it possible to strengthen certain cognitive abilities in the face of deterioration, improving cognitive symptoms, increasing autonomy and quality of life.

  • Proper brain training can increase cognitive reserve through specific tasks aimed at improving, restructuring or restoring cognitive abilities. So cognitive impairment caused by Parkinson can slow down, allowing the patient to fend for themselves for longer.
  • Through appropriate and constant brain training, the brain can favorably modify its functioning and structure, optimizing the performance of different cognitive abilities. Incorporating a training routine can help establish routines that are beneficial to the person with Parkinson's.
  • Cognitive rehabilitation is effective in retraining the skills of people suffering from some form of cognitive deficit derived from Parkinson's disease. Although it is advisable to start training before cognitive abilities are impaired, it is possible to reinforce those that have been affected.
  • This brain training can help improve the cognitive state of people with Parkinson, as the intervention is designed to slow down the neurodegenerative process as much as possible. While it is not possible to stop the deterioration, it can be delayed, and soften the impact on the life of the patient and family.
  • Cognitive rehabilitation does not have the ability to activate the functioning of damaged brain tissues. However, thanks to the cortical reorganization, it can stimulate adjacent, healthy or less affected brain areas to recover some of the lost functions.

Games and tasks it contains

This multi-dimensional scientific resource features over 20 brain games and 15 assessment tasks to reduce the cognitive symptoms of Parkinson. Here you can find some examples:

Games and tasks to train and evaluate attention and concentration: CogniFit Brain Training for Parkinson has a variety of online games for attention and concentration. Some examples are:

  • Brain Game “Shore Danger”: To correctly perform this game for cognitive stimulation the patient will need to pay attention to stimuli on both sides of the screen at the same time. By performing this exercise we can stimulate the patterns of brain activation involved in our divided attention. People with Parkinson's disease may have difficulty walking down the street or at home while talking to a companion.
  • Brain Game “Fuel a car”: The patient will have to attend simultaneously to all the demands on screen, to which they must give an appropriate response as quickly as possible. This will create a great demand for their attention system, which will help stimulate it. This can help people with Parkinson to efficiently manage the multiple demands of the environment.
  • Simultaneity Test DIAT-SHIF: This task is based on the classic Stroop Test, combined with a simple coordination task. This cognitive assessment evaluates the ability of a person with Parkinson to successfully attend to two stimuli at the same time.

Games and tasks to train and evaluate perception: CogniFit brain training for people with Parkinson's is made up of a number of online games, which can stimulate perception. Some of these are:

  • Brain Game “Mahjong”: Patients will have to distinguish in detail the symbols and images displayed on the cards in order to match them without error. Practicing this game allows stimulating the neuronal connections related to visual perception. Strengthening this cognitive capacity helps to reduce perceptual errors in the patient's daily life.
  • Juego Mental “Crossroads”: Patients will need to anticipate the movement of stimuli and estimate the need for intervention to avoid a collision. By conducting this exercise, they are stimulating the capacity for estimation. Training estimation can help more efficient in climbing or descending stairs, reducing the risk of falls in people with Parkinson's.
  • Estimation Test EST-I: This task consists of a series of tests, in which patients will have to assume which is the fastest moving stimulus, among other possibilities. This cognitive assessment for people with Parkinson tests the ability to predict or generate a response when they do not have the possible solution.

Memory training games: CogniFit brain training for people with Parkinson's disease has online games that train memory. Some of the memory games are:

  • Brain Games “Jigsaw”: Patients must retain the initial information to solve the exercise. Practicing this exercise helps to activate the neural patterns involved in the ability to store memories. Improving memory can help reduce the forgetfulness of people with Parkinson's, especially those more visual.
  • Brain Games “Words Birds”: To move forward in this game, patients should retain the positions of the stimuli and remember the names of the objects shown on the screen. Practicing this activity gives the possibility of stimulating brain patterns related to memory. Training this cognitive ability can help reduce carelessness and forgetfulness, especially those with a more verbal nature.
  • Identification Test COM-NAM: This test is based on the classic NEPSY and TOMM evaluation tasks. Patients will have to remember whether the images and words read have been presented previously and if so, specify in which format they have been presented. This task assesses the ability to memorize and discriminate the actual source of a specific memory in people with Parkinson's.

Games and tasks to train and evaluate executive functions and reasoning : CogniFit brain training for Parkinson stimulates and rehabilitates executive functions and reasoning with a wide range of cognitive activities:

  • Brain Game “Math twins”: To move up to the next level in this activity, patients will need to quickly process certain mathematical operations. By playing this game it is possible to increase or allocate brain resources to the areas of the prefrontal cortex responsible for executive functions. People with Parkinson may have difficulty processing the information received quickly, so this exercise may be beneficial.
  • Brain Game “Numbers line”: This game will require the patient to do math operations with agility to eliminate the stimuli before they accumulate. By performing this exercise, the patient strengthens the neural networks involved in the calculation, processing and resolving operations more quickly. Good processing speed can help people with Parkinson's require less time to understand and interpret the information.
  • Equivalences Test INH-REST: Based on the Stroop test, this task will evaluate processing speed. To do this, the patient will have to answer correctly when the color in which the words are written coincides with the meaning of the letters, which always refer to some color.

Games and tasks to train and evaluate coordination: CogniFit brain training activities for Parkinson for coordination are:

  • Brain Game “Tennis bomb”: This game requires a good reaction time to respond quickly and correctly to stimuli, once they are processed and filtered. By playing this game it is possible to optimize reaction time. Improving this cognitive ability may help reduce the time it takes a person with Parkinson to perform simple motor activities.
  • Brain Game “Reaction Field”: To advance in this activity the patient has to detect and click on the target quickly before it disappears. Given the characteristic slowness of people with Parkinson's, this exercise can be very beneficial for their daily lives.
  • Coordination Test HECOOR: This task is inspired by the classic Wisconsin Card Sorting Test Manual. Patients will have to react in time to changes in the direction of the stimulus. This evaluates the reaction time of people with Parkinson's disease.

Its Advantages

Using a scientifically based computer support for cognitive stimulation of Parkinson's disease offers many advantages:

  • Easy to use: Both professional and individual (healthcare professionals, families, etc.), can use this battery of neuropsychological tests for Parkinson's without special training in neuroscience or technology, The interactive format of this test makes it efficient and easy-to-use.
  • Interactive and visual format: Poor understanding of activity instructions can lead to frustration. To avoid this, the instructions are presented in a simple, interactive format that is easy to understand.
  • Detailed Report: After each training session, CogniFit provides access to updated data so that we can get quick and accurate feedback, seeing what our strongest and weakest cognitive abilities are.
  • Progress and evolution: The results of each session are stored in the user's profile, so you can check whether there have been changes from one session to another, whether the scores are improving and whether the patient's cognitive status is progressing positively.
  • User-Friendly: All of the clinical tasks are presented automatically. The games and activities are interactive and fun, making it easy to understand.
  • Remote Stimulation: The specific training program for people with Parkinson makes it possible to apply remote rehabilitation (cognitive remote-stimulation). In this way, a health professional or a family member can manage the treatment from a private computer. This makes it possible to bring cognitive therapy for patients with Parkinson who are unable to travel to a doctor's office.

What happens when we don't train cognitive skills?

Parkinson's disease causes brain damage by the death of several neurons and the alteration or degeneration of certain neural networks. This can end up causing Parkinson symptoms, as well as affecting various cognitive abilities, therefore, seriously impairing their day-to-day performance.

In order to prevent these cognitive processes from weakening, they must be systematically activated. One of the most effective tools for activating and strengthening the major impaired cognitive functions in this disease is CogniFit Parkinson's Specific Training. This leading program in cognitive stimulation offers a multi-dimensional and systematic training of each cognitive skill, which allows the activation of the brain's fundamental neural patterns.

How much time should I train with CogniFit?

A complete cognitive training session usually lasts 15-20 minutes and can be done anywhere and anytime. CogniFit recommends 3 sessions per week on different days. If desired, CogniFit can send session reminders.

In each brain training session, there are two brain games to stimulate cognitive symptoms of Parkinson and a cognitive assessment task that will allow us to measure the evolution and improvement of cognitive skills. CogniFit Personalized Brain Training is designed to automatically assign each user to specific games and difficulty levels that best suit the user's cognitive needs.

CogniFit is unique

CogniFit is a leader in cognitive stimulation. It includes a series of multi-dimensional, standardized and clinically validated exercises. These activities combine different therapeutic activities designed by professionals to retrain the cognitive skills that each person may need, this way, its effectiveness can be optimized.

The difficulty of each of the exercises adapts as the person with Parkinson trains. This patented technology has been designed by an international team of scientists, neurologists, and psychologists, who research the latest discoveries and advances in the brain.

CogniFit's Parkinson's Specific Training is unique in that it continuously measures patient performance and automatically selects the type and complexity of tasks that best fit the individual's cognitive outcomes. This keeps each users' cognitive skills continuously challenged.

Parkinson training collects cognitive data and provides an interesting and comprehensive report on user performance at each level. With this, you can review the cognitive level at which you started, the rate of improvement, effort, etc.

Besides, not all brain training games being the same. While some classic games, such as Sudoku, are ideal for entertainment, a scientifically supported brain training program is needed to ensure that the brain is receiving the training and cognitive stimuli it requires. If you are looking to train your brain in a multidisciplinary, rigorous and systematic way, CogniFit clinical tools are the best choice.

Customer Service

If you have any questions about the operation, management or interpretation of CogniFit Personalized Parkinson Brain Training data, you can contact us. Our team of professionals will answer your questions and help you with everything you need.

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