Cognitive Rehabilitation in Old Age

Gordon Winocur

in Mind and the Frontal Lobes

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199791569
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919215 | DOI:
Cognitive Rehabilitation in Old Age

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Traditional approaches to cognitive rehabilitation in older adults have emphasized the use of formal training in the use of mnemonics or the improvement of basic cognitive skills (eg., attention, memory). While the benefits associated with these techniques were limited, they did inspire the development of more broadly-based, multidimensional programs and here the results were more promising. This chapter describes one such program, developed at the Rotman Research Institute, in which the focus is on improving the recruitment and use of appropriate cognitive strategies in learning and memory tasks. The program was evaluated in a clinical/experimental trial, involving a population of normal older adults who complained of memory loss and related cognitive problems. The rationale, design, and results of the trial, which indicated significant long-term benefits on a broad range of cognitive and psychosocial measures, are discussed in the chapter.

Keywords: cognitive rehabilitation; old age; strategic processing

Chapter.  7664 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuropsychology

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