Cognitive Intervention for Patients with Neurocognitive Impairments

  • Genevieve GagnonEmail author
  • Marjolaine Masson


The prevalence of neurocognitive disorders is rising. In the last 20 years, there has been increased interest for the development of cognitive interventions to prevent the onset and/or delay the progression to dementia in at-risk older adults. Cognitive interventions are not a unitary concept. It comprises several varieties of interventions such as cognitive stimulation, cognitive training, and cognitive rehabilitation. Research suggests these treatment approaches may have a chance at improving or stabilizing cognition in patients with mild cognitive impairment. Moreover, it seems cognitive intervention would be most efficient with patients who are aware, motivated and able to remember and apply the learned skills. Indeed, data from recent literature suggests cognitive intervention should begin before the onset of manifest memory impairment and should be implemented as a form of cognitive prevention where patients are educated about the modifiable risk factors for Alzheimer’s while performing cognitive training and learning new strategies.


Aging Neurocognitive impairments Cognitive rehabilitation Cognitive stimulation Cognitive training Cognitive prevention 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada
  3. 3.Douglas Mental Health University Institute, McGill UniversityMontrealCanada

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