EconPapers    
Economics at your fingertips  
 

How Interventions Might Improve Cognition in Healthy Older Adults

Elizabeth M. Zelinski
Additional contact information
Elizabeth M. Zelinski: Davis School of Gerontology, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA

International Journal of Gaming and Computer-Mediated Simulations (IJGCMS), 2013, vol. 5, issue 3, 72-82

Abstract: Many of the cognitive declines in healthy aging are moderated by experience, suggesting that interventions may be beneficial. Goals for aging outcomes include improving performance on untrained tasks, remediating observed cognitive declines, and ensuring preservation of functional ability. This selective review evaluates current progress towards these goals. Most research focuses on untrained tasks. Interventions associated with this outcome include games and exercises practicing specific cognitive skills, as well as aerobic exercise, and modestly benefit a relatively narrow range of cognitive tasks. Few studies have directly tested improvements in tasks on which individuals have been shown to experience longitudinal decline, so this goal has not been realized, though remediation can be examined rather easily. Little work has been done to develop psychometrically strong functional outcomes that could be used to test preservation of independence in everyday activities. Virtual reality approaches to functional assessment show promise for achieving the third goal.

Date: 2013
References: Add references at CitEc
Citations: Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link)
http://services.igi-global.com/resolvedoi/resolve. ... 018/jgcms.2013070105 (application/pdf)

Related works:
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:igg:jgcms0:v:5:y:2013:i:3:p:72-82

Access Statistics for this article

More articles in International Journal of Gaming and Computer-Mediated Simulations (IJGCMS) from IGI Global
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Journal Editor ().

 
Page updated 2019-11-24
Handle: RePEc:igg:jgcms0:v:5:y:2013:i:3:p:72-82