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Training Can Improve Memory in Mild Cognitive Impairment
Myriam
Posted: Monday, March 5, 2012 2:21 PM
Joined: 12/6/2011
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From Alzheimer's Daily News:


(Source: Emory University) - If someone has trouble remembering where the car keys or the cheese grater are, new research shows that a memory training strategy can help. Memory training can even re-engage the hippocampus, part of the brain critical for memory formation, the results suggest.

Researchers at Emory University School of Medicine and Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center have been investigating memory-building strategies for people with MCI (mild cognitive impairment). The techniques used in the study were known to be effective for healthy people, but it has been uncertain how they could affect brain function in people with MCI.

"Our results suggest that these strategies can help patients remember specific information, such as the locations of objects, " said Benjamin Hampstead, PhD. "This is the first randomized controlled trial to show that these techniques are not only effective in MCI patients, but that they can also re-engage the hippocampus, which is a brain region that is critical for forming new memories."

Go to full story: http://news.emory.edu