Title
Motor-skill learning in Alzheimer's disease : a review with an eye to the clinical practice Motor-skill learning in Alzheimer's disease : a review with an eye to the clinical practice
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Publication type
article
Publication
New York [etc.] ,
Subject
Psychology
Human medicine
Source (journal)
Neuropsychology review. - New York [etc.]
Volume/pages
17(2007) :3 , p. 203-212
ISSN
1040-7308
ISI
000250142100002
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Since elderly people suffering from dementia want to go on living independently for as long as possible, they need to be able to maintain familiar and learn new practical skills. Although explicit or declarative learning methods are mostly used to train new skills, it is hypothesized that implicit or procedural techniques may be more effective in this population. The present review discusses 23 experimental studies on implicit motor-skill learning in patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD). All studies found intact implicit motor-learning capacities. Subsequently, it is elaborated how these intact learning abilities can be exploited in the patients' rehabilitation with respect to the variables 'practice' and 'feedback.' Recommendations for future research are provided, and it is concluded that if training programs are adjusted to specific needs and abilities, older people with AD are well able to (re)learn practical motor skills, which may enhance their autonomy.
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