Another thing I considered was the use of the computer to help an older person keep in touch. Grandma can use email and Skype to talk to her children and grandchildren. This won't necessarily prevent Alzheimer's, but it might help!
One thing that may help with Alzheimer's is to keep the patient intellectually active. In other words, if you make the patient think, it might slow the development of the disease. Computers can be useful in this process. Some companies have developed games that are supposed to stimulate thinking in Alzheimer's patients.
So using computers to keep patients intellectually active might hold back the disease to some extent.
I believe computers help and it is encourageable. My father and I stay connected with using VoIP or facebook. It keeps parents socially connected with the world even if they are experiencing cognitive decline. I can say it does not improve his cognitive functions too much. What does improve my father's cognitive abilities is taking supplements like Alpha GPC and Piracetam. There is a lot more information about pircatem @ Smart Drugs for Thought . He has been taking this for 4 years with Alpha GPC being at his 2 year mark. I can honestly say this can improve memory and cogntive functions to anybody and everyone healthy or not healthy. They increase the functions of the ACh receptors which are implicated with memory processing. The use of computers is seriously a great way to keep them social with the world it is today and I support this theory.
Yes using the brain prevent Alzheimer's Disease. Get a computer for your parents and encourage them their use.
The Use of computer programs designed to increase brain activity and to improve mental function, may improve the cognitive function in patients with Alzheimer's disease. This therapy is a therapeutic way that is adjuvant ofclassical therapy.
This study, concerning the use of dedicated computer programs, included 46 people diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, which at least a year were being treated with cholinesterase inhibitors, this therapy being active throughout the study.
After 3 months of treatment, patients who followed an integrated program including cognitive exercises, art therapy, exercise and music therapy with showed a significant improvement in tests assessments.