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Cognitive training in older adults with mild cognitive impairment: impact on functional status

Grant number: 07/03241-8
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): December 01, 2007
Effective date (End): November 30, 2008
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Psychology - Human Development Psychology
Principal researcher:Monica Sanches Yassuda
Grantee:Paula Schimidt Brum
Home Institution: Escola de Artes, Ciências e Humanidades (EACH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


Cognitive aging is associated with decline in some cognitive functions, however, studies document that older adults can find ways to compensate for such changes. Previous studies (e.g., Ball et al., 2002) have indicated that older adults can benefit from cognitive training. Recently, researchers and clinicians who work with older adults have focused on cognitive changes that may signal the pre-clinical stage of dementia (mild cognitive impairment). The efficacy of cognitive interventions for this population has not been tested. This study intends to evaluate the impact of cognitive training of 8 sessions offered to 60 older adults diagnosed with MCI by a multidisciplinary team at the Psychogeriatric Clinic at the Institute of Psychiatry at FMUSP. This study will investigate the impact of this intervention on the functional status of participants.

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BRUM‚ P.S.; FORLENZA‚ O.V.; YASSUDA‚ M.S.. Cognitive training in older adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment. Neuropsychologia, v. 3, p. 124-131, . (07/03241-8)

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