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Cognitive Training in the Elderly

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00146263
Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified September 2005 by Beersheva Mental Health Center.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
First Posted : September 7, 2005
Last Update Posted : September 8, 2010
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Beersheva Mental Health Center

September 4, 2005
September 7, 2005
September 8, 2010
September 2005
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changes in cognitive function
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Cognitive Training in the Elderly
The Effect of Computerized Cognitive Training on Neuropsychological Measures of Cognitive Function in the Elderly


The aging of the population has lead to a significant increase in the number of older people suffering from cognitive impairment and dementia. The present lack of effective drug therapy for these conditions makes it imperative to investigate other potential therapeutic interventions.

Cognitive training has been described as possibly useful in improving cognitive function in elderly subjects with mild impairment and early dementia. However, there have been few well-designed studies to date and the results are equivocal. Most studies have relied on the use of paper-based neuropsychological assessment instruments with limited accuracy and reproducibility. The investigators have developed a validated computerized neuropsychological assessment battery with increased test-retest reliability.

The purpose of this study is to assess the efficacy of a computerized training program on cognitive function in older persons with normal cognition, mild cognitive impairment, and early dementia.


A randomized prospective AB/BA crossover study.


Eligible males and females aged 60 years and older following initial computerized neuropsychological assessment will be randomized to receive either a 12-session computerized cognitive training program, or no treatment. Repeat neuropsychological assessment will be followed by a 4-week no treatment phase, reassessment and crossover phase. Repeat assessments will be performed at three and six months.

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Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Behavioral: computerized cognitive training
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June 2007
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Inclusion Criteria:

  • Age: above 60 years old

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Visual impairment
  • Educational inability to perform training
Sexes Eligible for Study: All
60 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
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Beersheva Mental Health Center
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Principal Investigator: Tzvi Dwolatzky, MD Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Beersheva Mental Health Center
September 2005

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