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On May 16, 2013, Posted by , In Home Care, By ,,, , With Comments Off on Home Care Services in Shelby Township, MI

Cognitive training including puzzles, handicrafts and life skills are known to reduce the risk, and help slow down the progress, of dementia amongst the elderly. A new study   showed that cognitive training was able to improve reasoning, memory, language and hand eye co-ordination of healthy, older adults.

Research has already shown that mental activity can reduce a person’s risk of dementia but the effect of mental training on healthy people is less well understood. To address this researchers from Chinahave investigated the use of cognitive training as a defense against mental decline for healthy older adults who live independently.

To be recruited onto the trial participants had to be between 65 and 75 years old, and have good enough eyesight, hearing, and communication skills, to be able to complete all parts of the training. The hour long training sessions occurred twice a week, for 12 weeks, and the subjects were provided with homework. Training included a multi-approach system tackling memory, reasoning, problem solving, map reading, handicrafts, health education and exercise, or focusing on reasoning only. The effect of booster training, provided six months later, was also tested.

The results of the study were positive.  Compared to the control group, who received no training, both levels of cognitive training improved mental ability, although the multifaceted training had more of a long term effect. The more detailed training also improved memory, even when measured a year later and booster training had an additional improvement on mental ability scores.

This study shows that cognitive training therapy may prevent mental decline amongst healthy older people and help them to continue independent living longer in their advancing years.

Source: Medicalnewstoday.com

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