J Korean Neuropsychiatr Assoc.  2018 Feb;57(1):23-29. 10.4306/jknpa.2018.57.1.23.

The Clinical Significance of Cognitive Interventions for the Patients with Mild Cognitive Impairment

  • 1Department of Psychiatry, Konkuk University Medical Center, Seoul, Korea. shryu@kuh.ac.kr
  • 2Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, Konkuk University, Seoul, Korea.


Patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) are at increased risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer's disease (AD). Currently, no disease-modifying or preventive drugs for AD are available. Non-pharmacological interventions, including cognitive intervention and physical exercise, could assist in the prevention and treatment of AD. Cognitive interventions can improve cognition and prevent dementia, and promote cognitive reserve and plasticity. As there are few standardized intervention programs for the treatment of MCI, development and effective study of cognitive interventions are needed. Psychiatrists should have a great interest in this kind of non-pharmacological interventions regarding neurocognitive disorders.


Mild cognitive impairment; Alzheimer's disease; Cognitive interventions; Cognitive reserve; Cognitive plasticity
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