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Aging Clin Exp Res. 2013 Aug;25(4):411-9. doi: 10.1007/s40520-013-0070-5. Epub 2013 Jun 19.

Efficacy of a computerized cognitive training application for older adults with and without memory impairments.

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Gerontology Research Group, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of A Coruña, Campus de Oza, 15006 A Coruña, Spain.

Abstract

BACKGROUND/AIMS:

It has been shown that cognitive training might help to protect against age-related cognitive decline. Our aim was to evaluate the efficacy of a computerized cognitive training application and its near transfer effects on the cognitive status of older adults.

METHODS:

Performance on the 7-Minute Screen at baseline and at the end of the program was analyzed by using a pre-post design. Adults aged 55 and older (n = 101; mean age ± standard deviation: 68.97 ± 5.81 years) with and without memory impairments were trained.

RESULTS:

Significant improvements after the training program were found in memory, visuo-spatial and verbal fluency abilities, regardless of age, gender or education. Moreover, participants without significant memory impairments and those with Age-Associated Memory Impairment gained from the program more than subjects with mild cognitive impairment.

CONCLUSION:

Computerized cognitive training programs, such as Telecognitio®, may be used as a practical and valuable tool in clinic to improve cognitive status.

PMID:
23780693
DOI:
10.1007/s40520-013-0070-5
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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