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Psychol Aging. 1988 Dec;3(4):334-7.

A three-year follow-up of older adult participants in a memory-skills training program.

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  • 1Department of Psychology, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa 35487-2968.

Abstract

This study examined the long-term effects of participation in a self-taught memory training program. In all, 27 memory training and 13 nontraining participants were assessed at approximately 3-year follow-ups. Assessment of these groups prior to the introduction of training had revealed nonsignificant differences in memory performance but marked differences in level of memory complaints, with training participants evidencing higher levels of complaints. The current assessment again demonstrated overall nonsignificant differences in memory performance but significant differences in memory complaints between the two groups. More specifically, the training group evidenced significant decreases in memory performance over the 3-year interval, but no significant changes in memory complaints were observed for either group. Thus, memory training appeared to have little long-term effect on memory functioning. Future research should explore long-term maintenance strategies in memory training with older adults.

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