Adults with cognitive impairment after stroke represent a large population who have few options for treatment with evidence of producing changes in everyday life. The aims of this symposium are to present the theoretical and evidence bases, along with pilot data, for a promising new method for improving cognitive function in everyday situations in this population. The new method combines two approaches with large bodies of evidence supporting their efficacy and mechanisms of action. The first approach involves training speed of processing using computer-mounted exercises that require target detection, identification, discrimination, and localization. The second approach involves adapting and implementing behavioral procedures from Constraint-Induced (CI) Movement therapy designed to transfer gains from the treatment setting to everyday life.
Discuss the evidence supporting the efficacy of a computerized intervention that targets speed of processing for slowing cognitive decline in older adults.
Identify the key elements of the treatment component in Constraint-Induced (CI) Movement therapy designed to transfer gains from treatment setting to everyday life.
Describe the key components of the new, combination intervention.
Describe initial findings from a pilot study of the new, combination intervention in adults with cognitive impairment of due to stroke.