Computer Based Memory Training and Memory Prosthesis in Older Adults
Human aging is associated with a fundamental slowing of central nervous system processes. The evidence is based on changes, often decrements, in the function of a wide range of perceptual, motor, cognitive and memory processes. Two of the most vulnerable processes are the short-term storage of information and the transition of new information to and from long-term memory storage. It has been estimated that about 10–20 percent of older adults show additional, often disease related, impairments in these processes. Behavioral and neuropharmacologic interventions have been proposed and to some extent tested for the remediation of memory deficits. The application of computer technology to these and related problems of the elderly offers considerable promise, but thus far has generally lagged behind applications in younger populations.
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