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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Exercise For Your Brain?

If you've spent more than five minutes working in a typical office, you know that people play computer games. A lot. You can block them, delete them, and forbid them, but a-Minesweeper they will play. And even if the IT nerds could somehow banish computer gaming altogether, I think people would just start popping virtual bubble wrap on their iPhones. (Don't ask.)

But as much as it might vex the Dwight Schrutes of the corporate world, playing computer games at work may actually be justified. Human Resource Executive Online contacted us recently with a question: Do brain games have a place in corporate wellness programs?

As it turns out, HAPPYneuron already produces online games designed to improve cognitive function, and some European companies have made them a component of their wellness initiatives. I know that probably sounds strange to you, but consider this: The direct and indirect costs of Alzheimer's and other dementias to Medicare, Medicaid, and businesses amount to more than $148 billion each year, according to the Alzheimer's Association.

Maybe it's time to start playing games.

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