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Memory Training May Help Some Alzheimer’s Patients in Early Stages of the Disease: Patients who were more aware of their failing memories showed more improvement in recalling people’s names

Source:  About.com, reporting from the October, 2009 issue of Neuropsychology, published by the American Psychological Association (APA).

“WASHINGTON — Simple, systematic memory training can help some people with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease (AD). This finding points to a possible psychological intervention early in the course of this devastating brain disease. It also lends some urgency to early diagnosis, when patients who still have the ability to learn can use it to sharpen their memories and reduce disability. This encouraging news appears in the October issue of Neuropsychology, which is published by the American Psychological Association (APA).

The memory training produced a statistically significant improvement in group performance on free recall of trained items. Participants kept their memory gains six months after training, and scores remained above baseline levels after 12 months — even without further practice.

These promising results suggest that clinicians may be able to design programs to help people hang on to their memory gains through ongoing new learning.”

Link: http://mentalhealth.about.com/library/sci/1002/blalzmem1002.htm

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