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Effect of a structured course involving goal management training in older adults: A randomised controlled trial

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doi:10.1016/j.pec.2006.07.010 ol dom nne P.J. g a,b g. General linear model with repeated measures analysis of variance was in planning their leisure time activities, managing their finances, coping with novel situations, or learning to deal Patient Education and Counseling 6 with new strategies and procedures, such as using computers, Internet services, cellular phones and other electronic devices. All these activities require that the proper * Corresponding author at: Maastricht University, Department of Psychiatry and Neuropsychology, P.O. Box 616, 6200 MD Maastricht, The Netherlands. Tel.: +31 45 5762689; fax: +31 45 5762939. E-mail address: [email protected] (S.A.H. van Hooren). 0738-3991/$ – see front matter # 2006 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved. doi:10.1016/j.pec.2006.07.010 better able to manage their executive failures and reported less anxiety symptoms than those in the waiting list control group. Conclusion: These findings indicate that a combination of psycho-education and training has the potential to change the attitude of older individuals towards their cognitive functioning. Practice implications: Because this training focussed on cognitive functions that are among the first to decline in older adults and the subjective evaluation of the people after training was quite favourable, the proposed intervention may be considered a valuable contribution to cognitive interventions for older adults. # 2006 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved. Keywords: Aging; Cognitive functioning; Executive functioning; Training; Psycho-education 1. Introduction Most cognitive functions decline with age. Working memory functions less well [1], inhibitory mechanisms become less efficient [2,3], and performance in dual task situations is reduced [4]. Working memory, inhibition, and shifting between two tasks are frequently seen as aspects of executive functioning [5]. This is important because executive functioning is a ba

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