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Peer-Led Memory Training Programs to Support Brain Fitness

  • Linda M. Ercoli
  • Paul A. Cernin
  • Gary W. Small
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Abstract

Despite evidence supporting the effectiveness of cognitive enhancement interventions in older adults with age-related changes, few if any cognitive enhancement programs are available in the community that can be administered with ease and high quality, and reach a large number of persons. Just as peer-led programs are widely used to promote health awareness, health self-maintenance, and wellness, peers can promote memory awareness and education in community-residing older adults with mild age-related memory concerns. Overall, there has been a gap between the development of effective cognitive intervention programs to help offset the daily minor challenges associated with mild age-related memory loss, and convenient availability to the general population. Given this need, in association with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Longevity Center our group developed a unique 5-week, peer-led community education/intervention program to improve memory functioning in older adults. In this chapter, we detail the development and implementation, and present preliminary data regarding the effects on memory of this MTP program. We discuss the benefits and challenges associated with administering this kind of peer-led memory enhancement strategy. Given the many older adults experiencing age-related memory decline and the potential benefits of the intervention, the potential impact of peer-led memory training programs could be considerable.

Keywords

Mild Cognitive Impairment Memory Training Memory Enhancement Memory Technique Mnemonic Technique 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Linda M. Ercoli
    • 1
  • Paul A. Cernin
    • 1
  • Gary W. Small
    • 1
  1. 1.University of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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