Brain Train is a group therapy program for people with bipolar disorder, who are older than 60 years of age and are experiencing difficulties with cognition.
Brain Train is an intervention that includes cognitive training, moderate intense physical exercise and social encounter with peers for older adults with bipolar disorder (2 times a week for a period of 12 weeks). Cognitive functioning, physical activity, and social functioning are most likely linked and all associated with better outcome concerning residual mood symptoms, independently living and quality of life. By combining cognitive training with moderate intense physical exercise, we aim to appeal to a majority of patients. Our intervention is designed in close collaboration with patients.
This research project will evaluate of the different aspects of the training by the participants (memory training, physical exercise and social encounter with peers), and will measure the possible beneficial effects on all domains of recovery: cognitive functioning, physical strength (walking speed, step counting, physical health), social participation (loneliness), and depressive symptoms. Mood, cognition and social functioning are hypothesized to be inter-related, therefore all measures will be conducted before and after the intervention.
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