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2005 Grant - Mahendra
Computer-Based Cognitive Interventions for Persons with Alzheimer's Disease
Nidhi Mahendra, Ph.D.
California State University
2005 Everyday Technologies for Alzheimer's Care
Drugs currently approved for Alzheimer's disease only provide modest improvement in cognitive function and cannot prevent long-term deterioration in cognitive ability. Until drugs can be developed that halt the progression of this disease, other means of helping people cope with their dementia remain a priority.
Studies show that unless the disease has progressed to a Late-Stage, individuals do retain some cognitive power, such as the ability to perform routine tasks. Nidhi Mahendra, Ph.D., and colleagues will investigate if the use of computer technology can enhance these cognitive capabilities, particularly the recall and retention of information. Studies have already shown that computers can help improve cognition and communication in people with stroke, brain injury and amnesia.
The researchers will use a laptop computer to teach people with Alzheimer's disease to recall and retain faces and names. The computer will also be used to teach and help individuals remember other important daily tasks such as how to get around safely. The study should provide important data on the potential benefits of computers in helping those with Alzheimer's disease.