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Cognitive rehabilitation in the elderly: Overview and future directions

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  13 December 2006


GORDON WINOCUR
Affiliation:
Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Department of Psychology, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada Department of Medicine (Psychiatry), University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada Department of Psychology, Trent University, Peterborough, Canada
FERGUS I.M. CRAIK
Affiliation:
Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Department of Psychology, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada
BRIAN LEVINE
Affiliation:
Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Department of Psychology, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada Department of Medicine (Neurology), University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada
IAN H. ROBERTSON
Affiliation:
Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Department of Psychology and Institute of Neuroscience, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
MALCOLM A. BINNS
Affiliation:
Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
MICHAEL ALEXANDER
Affiliation:
Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Department of Neurology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts
SANDRA BLACK
Affiliation:
Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Department of Medicine (Neurology), University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
DEIRDRE DAWSON
Affiliation:
Kunin-Lunenfeld Applied Research Unit, Baycrest, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Department of Medicine (Rehabilitation Sciences), University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada Department of Medicine (Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy), University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada
HEATHER PALMER
Affiliation:
Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
TARA MCHUGH
Affiliation:
Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
DONALD T. STUSS
Affiliation:
Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Department of Psychology, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada Department of Medicine (Neurology), University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada Department of Medicine (Rehabilitation Sciences), University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Abstract

This study provides an overview of the papers emanating from the experimental trial that evaluated a new cognitive rehabilitation program in older adults who were experiencing normal cognitive decline. The main features of the design are summarized, along with evidence that the training produced long-lasting improvement in memory performance, goal management, and psychosocial status. The benefits were attributed to several factors, including the program's emphasis on techniques that promoted efficient strategic processing. Limitations of the program and directions for future research are discussed (JINS, 2007, 13, 166–171.)


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© 2007 The International Neuropsychological Society

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