The Particulars: Cognitive impairment with aging is often the result of a combination of etiologies. Few studies have assessed different combinations of interventions in treating cognitive impairment in older patients.

Data Breakdown: For a study, researchers analyzed the effect of a 3-month brain fitness program on cognitive impairment. The program included cognitive training, meditation, fitness training, and neuro-feedback for a total of 5 hours per week. Significant improvements were observed in overall neurocognitive function for patients who took part in the program. More than half experienced a 12% improvement in letter fluency, and significant improvements were also seen for color naming, word reading, and inhibition. Immediate and delayed recall also improved significantly in many patients.

Take Home Pearl: A multifactorial brain fitness program appears to significantly improve multiple aspects of cognitive impairment in elderly patients.