The investigators will examine whether cognitive stimulation through daily conversation will have positive effects on cognitive functions among the elderly. Face-to-face communication will be conducted through the use of personal computers, webcams, and user-friendly Internet programs that allow participants to have conversations while staying at home.
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Past epidemiological studies have demonstrated that larger social networks or more frequent social interactions could have potential protective effects against Alzheimer's disease. In this study, investigators will examine if face-to-face communication (30 minutes daily, 5 days per week for 6 weeks) will affect cognitive functions among the elderly. The conversations will be conducted through the use of personal computers, webcams, and user-friendly Internet programs that allow participants to have conversations while staying at home. Effects will be assessed at the third and sixth months after completion of the intervention. A placebo group will receive weekly phone calls to complete a health/social engagement monitoring survey but no active intervention. Daily conversational amount will be tracked using a digital recording device.
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Oregon Health and Science University
National Institute on Aging (NIA)
Oregon Health & Science University