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Cognitive Rehabilitation with Older Adults

  • Nancy A. Pachana (a1), Bernice A. Marcopulos (a2) and Janet Leatham (a1)


The proportion of older adults seeking rehabilitation services are certain to rise as the population ages. Cognitive rehabilitation techniques can be successfully adapted and used with older adults with a range of clinical diagnoses. An understanding of cognitive changes which could be expected as a result of “normal” (non-disease-related) aging is essential for both assessment and treatment planning for this group. Age-related changes in attention, memory and executive functioning are briefly noted. Common cognitive sequelae of head-injury, depression and dementia are discussed, and useful assessment and rehabilitation strategies described. Case illustrations are used to illustrate major points.


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School of Psychology, Massey University, Private Bag 11222, Palmerston North, New Zealand.


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