Cognitive rehabilitation in patients with mild cognitive impairment
Article first published online: 17 JUL 2008
Copyright © 2008 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
Volume 24, Issue 2, pages 163–168, February 2009
How to Cite
Kurz, A., Pohl, C., Ramsenthaler, M. and Sorg, C. (2009), Cognitive rehabilitation in patients with mild cognitive impairment. Int. J. Geriat. Psychiatry, 24: 163–168. doi: 10.1002/gps.2086
- Issue published online: 16 JAN 2009
- Article first published online: 17 JUL 2008
- Manuscript Accepted: 29 MAY 2008
- Manuscript Received: 5 NOV 2007
- cognitive rehabilitation;
- mild cognitive impairment;
- activities of daily living
To explore the benefits of a multi-component cognitive rehabilitation programme in patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI).
Patients with MCI (n = 18) and patients with mild dementia in Alzheimer's disease (n = 10) participated in a 4-week cognitive rehabilitation programme in a day clinic setting. The intervention was provided in group format and included activity planning, self-assertiveness training, relaxation techniques, stress management, use of external memory aids, memory training, and motor exercise.
After 4 weeks, MCI patients showed significant improvements on activities of daily living, mood, verbal and nonverbal episodic memory. In contrast, patients with mild dementia exhibited a non-significant increase in verbal memory but no other changes. MCI subjects allocated to the waiting list control condition (n = 12) showed a significant re-test effect on verbal episodic memory, but no improvement of everyday activities or mood.
The study demonstrates that patients with MCI benefit from a multi-component cognitive rehabilitation programme with regard to activities of daily living, mood, and memory performance. Copyright © 2008 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.