Development and Evaluation of Home-Based Speed-of-Processing Training for Older Adults

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  • Wadley VG, Benz RL, Ball KK, Roenker DL, Edwards JD, Vance DE. Development and evaluation of home-based speed-of-processing training for older adults. Objectives: To develop technical parameters for a videotape-based speed-of-processing training protocol, to evaluate the feasibility of self-administration (experiment 1), and to evaluate the protocol's effectiveness (experiment 2). Design: A feasibility study (experiment 1) and a pre-post, 4-arm, nonrandomized controlled trial (experiment 2). Setting: University research center. Participants: A population-based sample (37 men, 47 women; age range, 65-94y) (experiment 1). A population-based sample (age ≥65y) with no prior exposure to the Useful Field of View assessment or speed-of-processing training, no dementia or life-limiting illness, a Mini-Mental State Examination score of greater than 24, corrected far visual acuity of greater than or equal to 20/40, contrast sensitivity of greater than or equal to 1.50 log10, and deficient processing speed (experiment 2). For experiment 2, 8 of 189 eligible people declined to participate. The final sample for this experiment included 100 men and 81 women (age range, 65-91y). Interventions: Eight to ten 1-hour cognitive training sessions. Main Outcome Measure: Posttraining gains in processing speed. Results: Self-administration was feasible. Subjects who underwent home-based training improved their processing speed significantly more than either control group (F3,146=16.16, P<.001). Their gains were 74% as great as the gains of those who underwent trainer-facilitated speed-of-processing training. Conclusions: People can improve their processing speed at home using readily available technology. Future research should explore the relation of these improvements to driving performance. © 2006 American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine and the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
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  • Wadley VG; Benz RL; Ball KK; Roenker DL; Edwards JD; Vance DE
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  • 757
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  • 763
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  • 87
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  • 6