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

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

Abstract

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.

Keyword

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

MeSH Terms

Alzheimer Disease
Cognition
Cognitive Reserve
Dementia
Exercise
Humans
Mild Cognitive Impairment*
Neurocognitive Disorders
Plastics
Psychiatry
Plastics
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