As one ages, some degree of cognitive decline is expected. Despite this, declines in cognitive abilities and the possibility of developing dementia are common concerns among older adults. In response to these concerns, a variety of cognitive training programs have been developed that aim to improve or maintain cognitive functioning. Previous literature has shown mixed or limited findings on cognitive changes after implementation of cognitive training. This study evaluated the effectiveness of a cognitive training program designed for older adults with no to minimal cognitive decline. The current study included 19 participants who engaged in two, one-hour long cognitive training classes each week for 12 weeks. Each class required participants to complete activities that targeted the following cognitive domains: attention, visuospatial skills, memory, processing speed, executive functioning, and language. These cognitive domains, along with depression and memory self-efficacy, were assessed prior to and immediately following completion of the program, and at a three-month follow-up. A moderate improvement on global cognitive functioning was observed and small to large improvements were observed on other measures of cognitive functioning. The findings of the current study provide preliminary support for the use of a cognitive training program for healthy older adults.
Hsinhuei Sheen Chiou
Date of Degree
Master of Arts (MA)
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Gehling, J. (2020). The effects of a cognitive training program for healthy older adults: A program evaluation study [Master’s thesis, Minnesota State University, Mankato]. Cornerstone: A Collection of Scholarly and Creative Works for Minnesota State University, Mankato. https://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/etds/1028