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An evaluation of alertness training for older adults

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dc.contributor.author Milewski-Lopez, Agnieszka
dc.contributor.author Greco, Eleonora
dc.contributor.author van den Berg, Flip
dc.contributor.author McAvinue, Laura P.
dc.contributor.author McGuire, Sarah
dc.contributor.author Robertson, Ian H
dc.date.accessioned 2014-08-14T11:00:52Z
dc.date.available 2014-08-14T11:00:52Z
dc.date.issued 2014
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/3971
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract We present an evaluation of a self-administered, biofeedback-aided, alertness training programme called the Alertness: Training for Focused Living (ATFL) Programme, which was developed as part of the Technology Research for Independent Living (TRIL) collaboration. We conducted two studies in order to evaluate the programme. A randomized controlled trial was, first of all, conducted with 40 older adults aged between 60 and 83. A series of five single case studies was then conducted to examine the suitability of the programme for use with people with more severe memory difficulties. In the randomized controlled trial, participants were assigned to the ATFL Programme or to a placebo programme. Aspects of participants' memory, attention and executive functioning were assessed via telephone prior to and following completion of the training programmes and at 1, 3, and 6-month follow-up sessions. Significant improvements in sustained attention and verbal fluency were noted in the ATFL group. The series of single case studies illustrated the importance of tailoring a programme to the needs and abilities of the clients in question. The potential benefits of the ATFL programme in terms of periodically boosting alertness and aiding executive functioning are discussed. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Frontiers en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience;6, article 67
dc.rights This document is protected by copyright and was first published by Frontiers. All rights reserved. It is reproduced with permission en_US
dc.subject cognitive aging en_US
dc.subject alertness en_US
dc.subject sustained attention en_US
dc.subject metacognitive strategy en_US
dc.subject self alert technique en_US
dc.title An evaluation of alertness training for older adults en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.3389/fnagi.2014.00067
dc.contributor.sponsor Intel (Ireland) Ltd en_US
dc.contributor.sponsor IDA en_US
dc.contributor.sponsor GE Healthcare en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US


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