Computer Games Better Than Medication in Treating Elderly Depression
Clinical depression affects many members of the older population. In a small study, researchers tested participants with depression age 60-89, who played 30 hours of computer activities over the course of four weeks. The study found that playing certain computer games was just as effective at reducing depression in older patients as the commonly prescribed antidepressant escitalopram (brand name Lexapro), and in four weeks versus 12. The games also outperformed medication in terms of improved thinking skills, which are also linked to depression.