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Authors

  1. Vance, David E.
  2. Keltner, Norman L.
  3. McGuinness, Teena
  4. Umlauf, Mary Grace
  5. Yuan, Yih-Ying

Abstract

ABSTRACT: With the growing population of older adults, nurses will need to address age-related cognitive declines. Evidence demonstrates that cognitive remediation training is effective in improving neuropsychological abilities in older adults, which can translate into improved functioning in instrumental activities of daily living. The future of cognitive remediation training will incorporate health promoting factors (e.g., sleep hygiene, physical exercise), which supports neuroplasticity and cognitive reserve. By approaching cognitive health holistically, the patient will be primed to receive the maximum benefit from cognitive remediation training. A model emphasizing this approach is provided as a didactic for nurses and other health professionals providing care to their older patients.