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A PERSONALIZED 12-WEEK “BRAIN FITNESS PROGRAM” FOR IMPROVING COGNITIVE FUNCTION AND INCREASING THE VOLUME OF HIPPOCAMPUS IN ELDERLY WITH MILD COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENT

M. Fotuhi, B. Lubinski, N. Hausterman, T. Riloff, M. Hadadi, C.A. Raji, M. Trullinger

J Prev Alz Dis 2016;3(3):133-137

Reducing cognitive decline in patients with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) may slow their progression to develop dementia. In this 12-week single-arm intervention trial, elderly patients (n = 127, age 70.69 +/-10.53, 63% female) with a diagnosis of MCI were enrolled in a multi-disciplinary Brain Fitness Program. The main outcome measure was changes in a battery of 10 cognitive domains. Each patient received weekly personalized cognitive stimulation, neurofeedback training, and brain coaching/counseling for eating a Mediterranean diet, taking omega-3 supplements, increasing fitness, and practicing mindfulness meditation. The post-program testing showed 84% of the patients experienced statistically significant improvements in their cognitive function (p< 0.05). Among the random sample of 17 patients who had a post-program quantitative MRI, 12 patients had either no atrophy or an actual growth above the baseline volume of their hippocampus. These preliminary findings support the concept that a personalized Brain Fitness Program can improve cognitive function and either reverse or grow the volume of hippocampus in elderly with MCI.

CITATION:
M. Fotuhi ; B. Lubinski ; M. Trullinger ; N. Hausterman ; T. Riloff ; M. Hadadi ; C.A. Raji (2016): A Personalized 12-week “Brain Fitness Program” for Improving Cognitive Function and Increasing the Volume of Hippocampus in Elderly with Mild Cognitive Impairment . The Journal of Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease (JPAD). http://dx.doi.org/10.14283/jpad.2016.92

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