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Cognitive training in older persons with mild cognitive impairment, with and without mood disorders

Dr Alex Bahar-Fuchs, Prof Kaarin Anstey, Dr Nicolas Cherbuin, Prof George Rebok, Prof Linda Clare
Research Centre DCRC Early Diagnosis and Prevention
Partner Institution ANU
Project Description

There is evidence that 'brain' or cognitive training is effective in prolonging independence and in increasing satisfaction in people at risk of dementia. Studies have so far focused on working out what aspects of such interventions lead to greater benefits, but little is known about how characteristics of the person, particularly symptoms related to their mood affect the outcome of cognitive training.

Despite the fact that mood issues such as depression and anxiety are very common in people at risk of dementia, cognitive training studies tend to exclude individuals with such symptoms. However, it is important we gain a greater understanding of the contribution of mood-related issues to the outcome of cognitive training before clinical recommendations can be made.

The current study will compare the effectiveness of cognitive training among individuals at high risk of dementia with and without mood-related problems. Participants will be randomly allocated to either a cognitive treatment or to a control group.


Pictured: Study Participant.
Credit: The Canberra Times Photo - Jay Cronan

The results of the study will help us better understand who benefits the most from cognitive training, and will therefore inform the selection of candidates for treatment.

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