TitleThe effects of a computer-based cognitive and physical training program in a healthy and mildly cognitive impaired aging sample
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
Authorsález-Palau, átima, Franco Manuel, Bamidis Panagiotis, Losada Raquel, Parra Esther, Papageorgiou Sokratis G., and Vivas Ana
JournalAging & Mental Health
Volume18
Issue7
Pagination838 - 846
Date PublishedMar-10-2014
ISSN1360-7863
KeywordsAlzheimer's disease, cognitive stimulation, mild cognitive impairment, mild dementia, physical activity
Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

The Long Lasting Memories (LLM) program concerns a newly integrated platform which combines cognitive exercises with physical activity within the context of advanced technologies. The main objective of this study was to present the preliminary results that determine the possible effectiveness of the LLM program in the improvement of cognitive functions and symptoms of depression in healthy elderly and subjects with mild cognitive impairment (MCI).

METHOD:

Fifty healthy and MCI subjects participated in the study. All of them received one hour's physical training and 35 minutes' cognitive training, 3 times a week, during the 12 weeks of the program. Before and after the intervention all participants were assessed using a battery of neuropsychological tests.

RESULTS:

The results showed a significant improvement after the LLM training in global cognitive function, in verbal memory, in attention, in episodic memory and symptoms of depression.

CONCLUSION:

This study indicates that LLM is a promising solution for older adults with and without cognitive impairment, maintaining their wellbeing with few professional and technical requirements.

URLhttp://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13607863.2014.899972http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/13607863.2014.899972
DOI10.1080/13607863.2014.899972
Short TitleAging & Mental Health