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Clínica y Salud

On-line version ISSN 2174-0550Print version ISSN 1130-5274


CALERO GARCIA, M.ª Dolores  and  NAVARRO-GONZALEZ, Elena. Effectiveness of a memory training programme in the maintenance of status in the derly people with and without cognitive decline. Clínica y Salud [online]. 2006, vol.17, n.2, pp.187-202. ISSN 2174-0550.

The aim of this study was to analyse the effect of memory training on cognitive maintenance in older adults with and without cognitive decline. Method: 98 older adults participated in the study (59 in the treatment group and 39 in the control group). Subjects were evaluated at three points in time using diverse cognitive functioning tests -before training, immediately after training, and nine months after training. Subjects in the treatment group participated in a memory-training programme during 14 sessions. Results: Older adults in the treatment group improved their cognitive performance in the post-training tests, while members of the control group presented a decline. Thus, while there were no initial significant inter-group differences, these differences became apparent after the training phase. Conclusions: The results show the positive effects of this type of training when working with the older adult population.

Keywords : Cognitive training; Memory training; Cognitive decline; Old age.

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