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Preserving cognition through an integrated cognitive stimulation and training program


Eckroth-Bucher, Margie, Siberski, James


American Journal Of Alzheimer's Disease And Other Dementias, Volume: 24, No.: 3, Pages.: 234-245

Year of Publication



Background: Cognitive decline leads to disability and increased health care expenditures.; Methods: Effectiveness of an intervention to stimulate multiple cognitive domains was determined using a format combining traditional and computer-based activities (Integrated Cognitive Stimulation and Training Program), 45 minutes a day, 2 days a week, for 6 weeks. Nonimpaired, mildly, and moderately-impaired participants > age 65 (n = 32) were randomly allocated into a control or experimental group. Using a repeated measures design participants were tested again postintervention and at 8 weeks follow-up.; Results: Statistically significant improvement on Dementia Rating Scale scores occurred for mildly and moderately impaired treatment participants (n = 15). Statistical significance was demonstrated on subscales of the WMS-III: Logical Memory I and Logical Memory II.; Conclusion: Blending computer-based with traditional cognitive stimulation activities shows promise in preserving cognitive function in elders. Future studies to explore efficacy in larger, more diverse samples are needed.;

Bibtex Citation

@article{Eckroth_Bucher_2009, doi = {10.1177/1533317509332624}, url = {}, year = 2009, month = {apr}, publisher = {{SAGE} Publications}, volume = {24}, number = {3}, pages = {234--245}, author = {M. Eckroth-Bucher and J. Siberski}, title = {Preserving Cognition Through an Integrated Cognitive Stimulation and Training Program}, journal = {American Journal of Alzheimer{textquotesingle}s Disease and Other Dementias} }


aged, aged, 80 and over, cognition, cognitive therapy, computers, female, humans, male, mental recall, methods, neuropsychological tests, physiology, software

Countries of Study


Types of Dementia

Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)

Types of Study

Randomised Controlled Trial

Type of Outcomes


Type of Interventions

Non-pharmacological Treatment, Technology (telephone, telecare, telehealth, robots, GPS)

Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions

Adult safeguarding and abuse detection/prevention


Cognitive Stimulation Related Technology