Memory Training in the ACTIVE Study: How Much is Needed and Who Benefits?

George W. Rebok, Alden L. Gross, Jeanine M. Parisi, Adam P. Spira, Alexandra M. Kueider, Hanno Petras, Jason Brandt, Jessica B.S. Langbaum, Richard N. Jones, Alden L. Gross, Richard N. Jones, Hanno Petras, Jason Brandt, Jason Brandt

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Objective and Method: Data from the memory training arm (n = 629) of the Advanced Cognitive Training for Independent and Vital Elderly (ACTIVE) trial were examined to characterize change in memory performance through 5 years of follow-up as a function of memory training, booster training, adherence to training, and other characteristics. Results: Latent growth model analyses revealed that memory training was associated with improved memory performance through Year 5 but that neither booster training nor training adherence significantly influenced this effect. Baseline age was associated with change in memory performance attributable to the passage of time alone (i.e., to aging). Higher education and better self-rated health were associated with greater change in memory performance after training. Discussion: These findings confirm that memory training can aid in maintaining long-term improvements in memory performance. Booster training and adherence to training do not appear to attenuate rates of normal age-related memory decline.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)21S-42S
JournalJournal of Aging and Health
StatePublished - Dec 2013


  • ACTIVE trial
  • aging
  • cognitive training
  • memory decline
  • memory training
  • training adherence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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