Can Cognitive Training Slow Down The Progression Of Dementia?

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Can Cognitive Training Slow Down the Progression of Dementia? A Critical Review Louise Kulics Clinical Aspects in Psychology Alexia Pavlis September 16, 2014 Abstract Dementia is the loss of cognitive functioning which affects an individual’s daily life. Alzheimer’s disease is a form of dementia that slowly destroys memory and thinking and the ability to perform simple tasks. There is some research that suggests cognitive training may slow the progression of dementia. Cognitive training challenges a variety of cognitive functions such as attention, memory and speed, which is different to general brain training that people may come across in their daily life (Kanaan et al., 2014). Various limitations…show more content…
PARAGRAPH 1: computer based training Vs. other training Studies suggest that computer based cognitive training (CBCT) may be more effective over traditional cognitive training (TCT) in slowing the progression of dementia. CBCT allows for adjustment of difficulty of the task which allows increase as participants improve, therefore enabling constant cognitive challenge (Gaitán et al., 2013). A study by Gaitán (2013) tested the hypothesis that participants with a mild cognitive impairment and mild Alzheimer’s disease who received CBCT and TCT would improve more than the participants who only received TCT. This study included three one-hour sessions three days a week over a period of three months. Sixty participants completed this study and were divided into two groups; participants receiving both CBCT and TCT and participants receiving only TCT. In TCT activities included using the traditional pen and paper to complete exercises based on improving cognitive functions such as attention, memory, calculation and language. An online cognitive training program was designed and used for participants in the CBCT and TCT group. The online cognitive training program intended to aid cognitive functions such as executive function, perception, recognition and spatial orientation. The results found that participants from the
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