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Cognitive Interventions in Parkinson’s Disease 

Cognitive Interventions in Parkinson’s Disease
Chapter:
Cognitive Interventions in Parkinson’s Disease
Source:
Cognitive Enhancement in CNS Disorders and Beyond
Author(s):

Sarah Banks

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190214401.003.0005

People with Parkinson’s disease frequently demonstrate cognitive impairments, ranging from isolated cognitive impairments to frank dementia. Cognitive dysfunction in Parkinson’s disease has a clear impact on quality of life and independence; hence, there is a need to develop treatments that will reliably improve this important nonmotor symptom. Executive functions are the most frequently impacted cognitive domain, and they have been shown in other populations to be amenable to cognitive interventions. This chapter reviews the literature on cognitive interventions in Parkinson’s disease, and it places the literature into the context of cognitive impairment in Parkinson’s disease. It also reviews studies of cognitive interventions for other conditions. Current gaps in our understanding are highlighted, and proposals for future directions of research in this field are provided.

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