Sandy at the Mouse Trap blog has a good post on Cognitive programs that keep you fit, mentioning 2 papers recently published on 2 separate interventions for the elderly. One, Posit Science’s for training of auditory processing-you can find the link to the paper in Sandy’s post.
For the other, you can read an article linked in Sandy’s post, and here the paper A randomized pilot study to assess the efficacy of an interactive, multimedia tool of cognitive stimulation in Alzheimer’s disease, published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, by researchers from the Fundació ACE, Institut Català de Neurociències Aplicades in Barcelona, Spain, and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
A quote from the article: “While Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive degenerative condition, studies have shown that in the early stages, the brain is still able to learn and change. This indicates that increasing brain activity, especially in regards to memory and cognition, may help stave off cognitive loss in people with Alzheimer’s,” said James T. Becker, Ph.D., professor of psychiatry, neurology and psychology at the University of Pittsburgh, and a co-author on the study.