Improving cognitive function in older adults: Nontraditional approaches

Denise C. Park, Angela H. Gutchess, Michelle L. Meade, Elizabeth A.L. Stine-Morrow

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This article considers two nontraditional approaches for developing interventions to improve cognition in older adults. Neither of these approaches relies on traditional explicit training of specific abilities in the laboratory. The first technique involves the activation of automatic processes through the formation of implementation intentions that enhance the probability that a desired action will be completed, such as remembering to take medications. The second involves experimentally studying the role of active social and cognitive engagement in improving cognition. We then consider methodological issues associated with the use of these novel techniques.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)45-52
Number of pages8
JournalJournals of Gerontology - Series B Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences
Issue numberSPEC. ISSUE 1
StatePublished - Jun 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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