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Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica
Print version ISSN 0102-7972
IRIGARAY, Tatiana Quarti; SCHNEIDER, Rodolfo Herberto and GOMES, Irenio. Effects of a cognitive training on the quality of life and well-being of healthy elders. Psicol. Reflex. Crit. [online]. 2011, vol.24, n.4, pp. 810-818. ISSN 0102-7972. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-79722011000400022.
INTRODUCTION: The cognitive functioning of the elderly is related to their health, quality of life and psychological well-being and is considered an important indication of active aging and longevity. OBJECTIVE: To verify the effects of a cognitive training program on the quality of life and psychological well-being of the elderly. METHODS: 76 healthy elderly individuals were divided into experimental group (EG) and control group (CG). The EG received 12 sessions of cognitive training that involved exercise instruction and practice. RESULTS: After training, the elderly from EG presented better cognitive performance, better perception of quality of life and better scores of psychological well-being. CONCLUSION: We conclude that cognitive interventions that include attention, memory and executive function tasks can contribute to the improvement of quality of life and psychological well-being of the elderly.
Keywords : Cognitive Training; Quality of Life; Psychological Well-Being; Aging.