Study Outcomes

NECC ‘s suite of research-based cognitive fitness programs attempts to slow the progression of cognitive decline by systematically stimulating six major cognitive domains utilizing a social model. Positive behavioral changes are often noted in participants with dementia after only a few weeks in the program, and early pilot studies presented sufficient promise to warrant additional field study. The most recent research initiative, a field study completed in 2012, examined the effectiveness of four NECC programs in a sample of individuals with varying degrees of cognitive impairment. Results indicated that measure of mood and perceptions of cognitive functioning showed a general pattern of stability or mild improvement. It appears that stability and mild to moderate improvement on various measures of cognitive functioning was common across all programs involved in the study. These findings are of note because programs were delivered to individuals spanning the entire spectrum of dementia severity – from little/mild impairment to those with severe impairment. The study found promising evidence that NECC programs can stabilize functioning in a variety of different areas in those with varying degrees of dementia and produce mild to moderate improvement in some areas of functioning. Based on these outcomes, additional research efforts are warranted.

Previous Studies: Study 1

Previous Studies: Study 1

 

Study 1 – Effect Sizes of Improvements in Domains

Study 1 – Effect Sizes of Improvements in Domains

 

Previous Studies: Study 2

Previous Studies: Study 2

 

Study 2 – Effect Sizes of Improvements in Domains

Study 2 – Effect Sizes of Improvements in Domains

 

Geriatric Depression Scale

Geriatric Depression Scale