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Use of 'speed training' in dementia treatment

January 11, 2018
by I Advance Senior Care
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But "speed of processing cognitive training," as it's known, may provide a tool that could reduce the risk of dementia among healthy older people, a recent study suggests. The Advanced Cognitive Training In Vital Elderly study was a randomized controlled clinical trial that involved 2,800 healthy older people over a span of 10 years.

According to U.S. News, Some of the participants received up to 10 speed of processing cognitive training sessions over six weeks, with additional booster exercises 11 and 35 months later. Other participants were trained in strategies involving problem solving and how to improve their memories. A control group didn't participate in any cognitive training.

 "Initially, healthy older adults randomized to speed of processing had a 29 percent reduction rate in their risk for dementia after 10 years of follow-up compared to the untreated control group," the study authors wrote. The study was published in November 2017 in Alzheimer's & Dementia Translational Research & Clinical Interventions.

To read more about cognitive training, dementia, and this study, visit U.S. News.

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