Theatrical intervention to improve cognition in intact residents of long term care facilities

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This study evaluated the cognitive improvements associated with theatrical intervention in residents of a continuing care facility. Eighteen residents, ages 72-95, completed a theater arts course created to improve memory and promote healthy cognitive aging. Self- reported assessments showed that most participants had memory concerns, but they did not experience serious mental impairment. The design consisted of one group pretest-posttest with double pretest, using a cognitive battery including word recall, listening span, and problem-solving, and a psychological well-being battery including self-esteem, self-reported psychological health, and Memory Controllability Index. Participants exhibited significant improvement in their recall and problem-solving ability after four weeks of twice-weekly instructional sessions. An additional positive outcome was that the intervention introduced a potentially lifelong learning activity for the participants.