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ISSN : 2092-8475(Print)
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Journal of International Academy of Physical Therapy Research Vol.9 No.4 pp.1591-1595
DOI : https://doi.org/10.20540/JIAPTR.2018.9.4.1591

Effects of Korean Computer-Based Cognitive Rehabilitation Program on the Memory in Healthy Elderly

Jung Sook Leea,Sung Won Kimb
aDongju University College, Busan, ;bDongnam Health University, Suwon, Republic of Korea
Address for correspondence
Sung Won Kim, PT, Ph.D Department of Physical Therapy, Dongnam Health University, 50, Cheoncheon-ro 74, Jangan-gu, Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do, korea Tel : 82-31-249-6447

Abstract

The number of healthy older adults is rapidly increasing recently owing to the increase of the elderly population. Therefore, programs for improving the cognitive functions of these healthy seniors are actively being expanded. This study aimed to prevent the decline of cognitive function due to aging by applying a program enhancing cognitive functions to healthy older adults. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effects of Korean computer-based cognitive rehabilitation program (CoTras), which is commonly used in cognitive therapy for the aging, on the memory of the elderly. The subjects had scored at least 24 points in MMSE-K. CoTras was applied once a week (30 minutes) for one month. Electronic pegboard programs were used as an evaluation tool: order memory (difficulty=low) and location memory (difficulty=medium). The order and location memories were compared before and after the intervention. The Wilcoxon signed rank-sum test was used for the study at the significance level of α=.05. The results showed that CoTras significantly improved order memory and location memory. Therefore, CoTras can be applied to the healthy elderly for improving that memory improvement training has a positive impact on healthy older adults result in the development of memory enhancement programs can be expanded in the future.

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