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Memory training for older workers?

A Cochrane systematic review found no specific effects from cognitive training interventions in people over 60. Training can improve immediate and delayed verbal recall compared with no-treatment controls (in healthy older adults and in those with mild cognitive impairment) but the effects were no bigger than in the ‘active controls’. In other words, alternative interventions, such as group discussions and physical training, do just as well.

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2011; 1: CD006220. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD006220.pub2, http://goo.gl/mpqBj

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