Cognitive decline and dementia are some of the more serious problems facing an aging population today. Dementia increases in prevalence with age, with a doubling of prevalence every 5 years . It is a progressive disease process affecting families, carers, health and social care providers. Cognitive impairment is an important part of the diagnostic criteria for dementia. The most commonly used screening instrument for cognitive impairment is the MiniMental State Examination (MMSE) .
Neurofeedback functions to change EEG brain waves over time. As scientists continue to isolate the brain structures and processes involved with cognitive decline and dementia, neurofeedback specialists have developed protocols to assist with these disorders.
A definitive article was published in late 2013 titled “Neurofeedback training improves attention and working memory performance” (Clinical Neurophysiology, Volume 124, Issue 12, December 2013, Pages 2406–2420), describing in detail an experiment run by doctors Wang and Hsieh. Of the four test groups, the older subjects who received neurofeedback had a significant improvement in the memory-testing. They concluded that neurofeedback training can effectively help with cognitive problems associated with normal aging.
Research shows improvements in cognitive function in aging adults after training using neurofeedback. A trial was conducted recently using EEG biofeedback training to reduce the symptoms of dementia. Subjects with dementia participated in 40 sessions of biofeedback training conducted twice weekly, with quantitative EEGs as a measurement tool. Scores displayed significant improvements in verbal memory, visual memory, Behavioral Rating Inventory of Executive Function (BRIEF), and Immediate Visual and Auditory (IVA) continuous performance test response control.
In one study, neurofeedback training was applied to adult human subjects in order to increase their upper alpha power and simultaneously decrease theta power. Training success (increase in upper alpha EEG waves) was positively correlated with an improvement in cognitive performance.
The results suggested of another study suggested that Neurofeedback training improves cognitive processing speed.
In conclusion, there is enough evidence to support Neurofeedback as a valuable therapy in preventing cognitive decline and aging.
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