One of the cognitive changes older adults worry about and fear most is memory loss. Some older adults may assume that any memory loss means that they are developing dementia. However, some memory loss that occurs with aging is normal and can be managed by understanding why it occurs and using memory-training exercises to reduce its impact.
Use your module readings and the Argosy University online library resources to research memory training for older adults. Select an authoritative research article for use in this assignment.
Based on the article and one of the cognitive theories covered in your readings, design your own study that tests a program for memory training in older adults. In your paper include the following:
Your paper should include a title page with a running head, an abstract and a reference page. The body of the paper should be at least 5 pages in length. It should be double-spaced and in 12 point, Times New Roman font with normal one-inch margins, written in APA style, and free of typographical and grammatical errors.
Use the following file naming convention: LastnameFirstInitial_M5_A1.doc.
By Monday, January 9, 2017, deliver your assignment to the M5: Assignment 1 Dropbox.
|Assignment 1 Grading Criteria||Maximum Points|
|Discussed the trajectory of memory skills in adulthood, and described the difference between memory loss that is normally associated with aging and dementia. Reviewed at least one cognitive theory discussed in the readings.||44|
|Provided a summary of the research supporting memory training programs for the elderly.||44|
|Described the hypothesis of an original research study.||20|
|Described the methodology of the proposed study including the age range of the participants, and participant variables such as: 1) age, 2) gender, 3) level of education, 3) SES, 4) level of cognitive functioning, etc. Ethical considerations should also be discussed.||44|
|Described the details of your memory training program, such as: 1) the specific aspects of memory loss your training would target, 2) how long the training sessions would last, and 3) the measurements you would use to determine whether your training resulted in significant improvement in memory.||44|
|Addressed issues of diversity as they might impact the participants, methodology, and/or results of the proposed study.||40|
|Style (8 points): Tone, Audience, Word Choice|
Organization (16 points): Introduction, Transitions, Conclusion
Usage and Mechanics (16 points): Grammar, Spelling, Sentence structure
APA Elements (24 points): Attribution, Paraphrasing, Quotations When appropriate or assigned
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