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Use it or lose it! Cognitive activity as a protective factor for cognitive decline associated with Alzheimer's disease

Mistridis, Panagiota and Mata, Jutta and Neuner-Jehle, Stefan and Annoni, Jean-Marie and Biedermann, Andreas and Bopp-Kistler, Irene and Brand, Dominique and Brioschi Guevara, Andrea and Decrey-Wick, Hedi and Démonet, Jean-François and Hemmeter, Ulrich and Kressig, Reto W. and Martin, Brian and Rampa, Luca and Savaskan, Egemen and Stuck, Andreas E. and Tschopp, Philipp and Zekry, Dina and Monsch, Andreas U.. (2017) Use it or lose it! Cognitive activity as a protective factor for cognitive decline associated with Alzheimer's disease. Swiss medical weekly, 147. w14407.

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Abstract

Because of the worldwide aging of populations, Alzheimer's disease and other dementias constitute a devastating experience for patients and families as well as a major social and economic burden for both healthcare systems and society. Multiple potentially modifiable cardiovascular and lifestyle risk factors have been associated with this disease. Thus, modifying these risk factors and identifying protective factors represent important strategies to prevent and delay disease onset and to decrease the social burden. Based on the cognitive reserve hypothesis, evidence from epidemiological studies shows that low education and cognitive inactivity constitute major risk factors for dementia. This indicates that a cognitively active lifestyle may protect against cognitive decline or delay the onset of dementia. We describe a newly developed preventive programme, based on this evidence, to stimulate and increase cognitive activity in older adults at risk for cognitive decline. This programme, called "BrainCoach", includes the technique of "motivational interview- ing" to foster behaviour change. If the planned feasibility study is successful, we propose to add BrainCoach as a module to the already existing "Health Coaching" programme, a Swiss preven- tive programme to address multiple risk factors in primary care.
Faculties and Departments:03 Faculty of Medicine > Bereich Medizinische Fächer (Klinik) > Geriatrie > Geriatrie (Kressig)
03 Faculty of Medicine > Departement Klinische Forschung > Bereich Medizinische Fächer (Klinik) > Geriatrie > Geriatrie (Kressig)
07 Faculty of Psychology > Departement Psychologie
07 Faculty of Psychology > Departement Psychologie > Forschungsbereich Klinische Psychologie und Neurowissenschaften
07 Faculty of Psychology > Departement Psychologie > Forschungsbereich Klinische Psychologie und Neurowissenschaften > Molecular Psychology (Papassotiropoulos)
UniBasel Contributors:Monsch, Andreas U.
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:EMH Schweizerischer Ärzteverlag
ISSN:1424-7860
e-ISSN:1424-3997
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
Language:English
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Last Modified:28 Nov 2018 14:19
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