Researchers have found a brain fitness program developed to improve the cognitive abilities in older adults may have a positive effect on symptoms of depression.
The findings came from an ongoing study of older Americans known as the Advanced Cognitive Training for Independent and Vital Elderly study (ACTIVE).
A total of 2,832 participants were assigned into four different groups: one did a computerized brain exercise, a second took classes in memory, a third learned reasoning and a fourth was a control group.
Researchers found the people engaged in the brain exercises had better mood outcomes in the one-year and five-year follow-ups when compared to the other groups.
This group reportedly had a 30 percent reduced risk of developing depression.
"This study is important because it shows that a relatively small amount of the right kind of brain fitness training can change the trajectory of aging, even five years later, by helping people experience a happier life. In the end, that's really what we all want for ourselves and our loved ones," said Dr. Fred Wolinsky, lead author on this study.
Separate research has found a positive outlook in life has the potential to greatly improve a person's overall health.