AAN Releases New Recommendations for MCI: Cognitive Training and Exercise
American Academy of Neurology Releases New Recommendations for MCI:
Cognitive Training and Exercise
The American Academy of Neurology has just updated its 2001 practice guidelines for treating mild cognitive impairment (MCI). While medicine is no longer recommended, exercise and cognitive training are.
“No high-quality evidence exists to support pharmacologic treatments for MCI,” says the abstract from Neurology. “In patients with MCI, exercise training (6 months) is likely to improve cognitive measures and cognitive training may improve cognitive measures.”
The findings come as no surprise to Tanya Mitchell, Chief Research Officer of LearningRx (www.learningrx.com), the world’s largest personal brain training company. “Our proven track record of helping older adults with mild cognitive impairment has been documented in our biennial Client Outcomes and Research Results,” says Mitchell. “In fact, clients over the age of 50 who came to LearningRx made the greatest gains of all age groups, averaging a 19-point increase in IQ, which is a measurement of combined cognitive skills, including long-term memory, processing speed, working memory, auditory and visual processing, broad attention and logic & reasoning.”
In an effort to continually improve on the results of its personal brain training programs, LearningRx’s research arm, the Gibson Institute of Cognitive Research (www.gibsonresearchinstitute.org), is currently conducting a clinical trial on multidisciplinary intervention for MCI. LearningRx’s pioneering one-on-one brain training programs have been published in such respected peer-reviewed journals as Frontiers in Education, Applied Cognitive Psychology, Frontiers in Psychology, Vision Development and Rehabilitation, and Journal of Experimental Education: Learning, Instruction and Cognition.
“We’re excited to be a part of an industry that is gaining recognition for its ability to help those with cognitive struggles in all phases of life,” says Mitchell. “From dyslexia and attention struggles to traumatic brain injury and mild cognitive impairment, one-on-one brain training provides the customized, noninvasive training that’s needed to target weak cognitive skills at any age.”