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Cognitive Remediation Therapies for Older Adults: Implications for Nursing Practice and Research

Vance, David E.; Ball, Karlene K.; Moore, Barbara S.; Benz, Rachel L.

Journal of Neuroscience Nursing: August 2007 - Volume 39 - Issue 4 - p 226–231
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Among older adults, 20%-56% report having cognitive problems, and such cognitive complaints frequently correspond to actual neuropsychological impairment. The loss of cognitive abilities can be frustrating and frightening and can have a negative impact on instrumental activities of daily living and quality of life. Cognitive remediation interventions have been shown to be successful in improving mental function in older adults in many situations and may increase the number of everyday activities they are able to carry out. Nurses, given their direct contact with older adult patients, are able to inquire about or observe cognitive loss, make appropriate referrals, and emphasize steps such as cognitive remediation and other interventions that promote successful cognitive aging.

Questions or comments about this article may be directed to David E. Vance, PhD MGS, atdvance@uab.edu. He is an assistant professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL.

Karlene K. Ball, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Psychology and director of the Edward R. Roybal Center for Translational Research in Aging and Mobility at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL.

Barbara S. Moore, DSN RN DHA, is an assistant professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL.

Rachel L. Benz, RN, is a research coordinator at the Edward R. Roybal Center for Translational Research in Aging and Mobility at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL.

© 2007 American Association of Neuroscience Nurses