A study, published in the journal PLoS One, found that Magnetic stimulation of the brain improves working memory that may lead to a new therapy for individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. The study found that healthy younger and older adults who received repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) therapy performed better on a memory task than those who received placebo.
Working memory is the process of recalling and then using relevant information while performing a task. It is a key component of day-to-day tasks like driving to a new location, making a recipe, or following instructions. Researchers said individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, which will more than double by 2050, and other forms of dementia, experience progressive loss of working memory and other forms of cognition.
This leads to a greater risk of injury or death and reduces their ability to function without home care, they said. Simon W Davis from Duke University said, “The brain stimulation applied in our study shows that older adults benefited just as much as the young.