The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Training the elderly to maintain their reasoning ability

    A large-scale study of elderly people reports that training to improve reasoning results in less functional decline in activities of daily living over 5 years of follow-up.

    Here are the details from the Advanced Cognitive Training for Independent and Vital Elderly (ACTIVE) study.

    • More than 2800 volunteers were divided into 4 groups for memory, reasoning, or speed of processing training, or no training.
    • All participants were living independently with good functional and cognitive status (eg, perception, memory, judgment, and reasoning).
    • There were 10 training sessions initially, plus 4 “booster” sessions at 11 and 35 months.
    • Only the group that got reasoning training showed significantly less functional decline in activities of daily living (based on each volunteer’s assessment) compared to the group that got no training.
    • The other groups did better than the control group, although the differences weren’t significant.

    Declining cognitive ability increases the risk for a loss of independence. It’s possible that a structured program that maintains reasoning skills like the one used here might allow the elderly to remain independent longer? Future studies will answer this question.

    12/20/06 22:38 JR

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