Effectiveness of the “Kwido-Mementia” computerized cognitive stimulation programme in older adults
- cognitive stimulation; computerized; older adults; home care
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Despite the importance of cognitive stimulation to counteract the cognitive decline associated with age, there is contradictory evidence about the benefits of cognitive training programs that are carried out through new technologies, and little evidence about those programs conducted at home. This research examines the effectiveness of a computerized cognitive stimulation program in adults 65 years old and over who are users of a home care service. The sample consisted of 43 participants (88% women) and an average age of 81.4 years. A quasi-experimental research design with a control group was carried out, where the experimental group completed a 15-session training (Kwido-Mementia). The results showed that the training program improves cognitive functions; both visuospatial memory capacity and perceptual reasoning skills. The computerized cognitive training proves to be an effective tool, not only to prevent deterioration, but also to improve the cognitive abilities of people 65 years old and over. The work contributes to clarify, in part, the existing controversy in the literature regarding the usefulness of cognitive training programs based on new technologies and provides positive evidence, contrary to what other studies indicate regarding the programs carried out at home.
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