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Cognitive stimulation in a-MCI: an experimental study


Moro, V., Condoleo, M. T., Sala, F., Pernigo, S., Moretto, G., Gambina, G.


American Journal Of Alzheimer's Disease And Other Dementias, Volume: 27, No.: 2, Pages.: 121-130

Year of Publication



Nowadays, preventing the effects of mental decline is an international priority, but there is little research into cognitive training in mild cognitive impairment (MCI). We present the results of a program aimed at teaching memory strategies and improving metacognitive abilities. This was associated with training to ameliorate caregivers’ assistance. Two groups (A and B) were compared in a crossover design. After the first evaluation, group A (but not B) participated in a 6-month cognitive stimulation program. After a second assessment, only B received treatment and then a final evaluation was carried out on both the groups. The results show that (1) both the groups improved their performance as an effect of training; (2) improvements are specific to the functions trained; (3) in the interval without intervention, performance of group B worsened; and (4) group A has maintained their results over time. In conclusion, our results show that specific training may reduce memory impairment in MCI.;

Bibtex Citation

@article{Moro_2012, doi = {10.1177/1533317512441386}, url = {}, year = 2012, month = {mar}, publisher = {{SAGE} Publications}, volume = {27}, number = {2}, pages = {121--130}, author = {V. Moro and M. T. Condoleo and F. Sala and S. Pernigo and G. Moretto and G. Gambina}, title = {Cognitive Stimulation in a-{MCI}: An Experimental Study}, journal = {American Journal of Alzheimer{textquotesingle}s Disease and Other Dementias} }


aged, aged, 80 and over, attention, caregivers, coaching, cognitive therapy, executive function, for, humans, middle aged, mild cognitive impairment, neuropsychological tests, physiology, program evaluation, severity of illness index, task performance and analysis, therapy, treatment outcome

Countries of Study


Types of Dementia

Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)

Types of Study

Non randomised controlled trial

Type of Outcomes


Type of Interventions

Intervention for Carers, Non-pharmacological Treatment

Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions

Adult safeguarding and abuse detection/prevention

Carer Focussed Interventions

Training programmes / workshops including behavioural training