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Nine Months of Memory Training Increases Cognistat Measured Memory in 79 - 89 Year-Old Mild Cognitively Impaired Individuals

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The effects of a memory training paradigm on performance across multiple cognitive domains, measured via the Cognistat, in 70 - 89 year-old individuals with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), were examined. Memory training sessions were conducted on average twice weekly, for 55 minutes each session, for 9 months. Across the testing period, Cognistat-measured memory increased relative to performance in other cognitive domains. Additionally, performance on non-memory measures remained stable or declined. Thus, memory training in older adult, MCI individuals may result in improved memory, but not in improvement in other, non-memory, cognitive domains. Results replicate previous work examining “oldest-old” individuals ranging in age from 90 to 99 years old at the time of study start.

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Magaro, P. , Brotter, B. and Jalees, M. (2015) Nine Months of Memory Training Increases Cognistat Measured Memory in 79 - 89 Year-Old Mild Cognitively Impaired Individuals. Advances in Aging Research, 4, 79-88. doi: 10.4236/aar.2015.43010.

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