Video game boosts mental abilities in older folks

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Posted: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 12:00 am

NEW YORK (AP) - It probably won't become as popular as "Grand Theft Auto," but a specialized video game may help older people boost mental skills like handling multiple tasks at once.

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.

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