One of the leading causes of death amongst the elderly is Alzheimer’s disease, a type of dementia that results in rapid neurodegeneration (Gornia et al. 2006). Our grand challenge consisted in finding a way to combat such a disease. Our team focused on the relationship between technology/exercise and cognitive capabilities. Participants were assigned a cognitive exam, and the independent variables included the type of test that was administered and how much each participant exercised. The results show that less usage of technology may have a positive impact on the cognitive capabilities of the general population. The results of our study can be applied to mitigate the rate of cognitive decline in people with dementia.

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