There are a ton of sites saying they have free cognitive worksheets. Do they boast how their sheets are superior but are they really? With so many kinds of activities out there, it is difficult to find the best ones to use with your clients. We want to make sure you understand what makes a free cognitive worksheet “the best”. 

Adults living with mental illness risk facing unemployment and poverty. Therapists are eager to address the psychological and cognitive needs of clients with severe mental illness in order to help them find employment and live independently. Little research is available on the implementation of a cognitive and vocational rehabilitation program for adults with severe mental illness. This blog post discusses a study that examined the effects of implementing a cognitive-vocational rehabilitation program for adults with severe mental illness.

The term “cognitive flexibility” is often said to be an important part of understanding our thoughts and emotions, but what does it even mean? Simply put, it is a set of cognitive abilities including creativity, imagination, and curiosity, that work together to enable an individual's understanding of navigating through different environments and situations. Cognitive flexibility is about learning and being flexible with the way we learn. Improving cognitive flexibility may help us with our decision-making, as we may be more open to thinking of and considering solutions that we may not have originally thought of before.

Diabetes is a group of diseases that result in too much sugar in the blood (high blood glucose). Many often think it only affects blood sugar levels, however recent studies are showing that diabetes can also lead to cognitive impairments. Jose A. Luchsinger, MD of Columbia University Irving Medical Center has been studying and teaching about the influence of diabetes on cognitive impairment. In this blog article, we are going to share Dr. Luchsinger’s insight on the relationship between diabetes and cognitive impairment and how health care professionals can adapt treatments to assist their patients.

Researchers and managed care professionals are very interested in the long-term effects of cognitive training in older adults. Older adults seek out ways to improve their cognitive functioning in regards to working memory, processing speed, language and executive functioning. Because some older adults prefer to avoid pharmacological interventions, cognitive training is an appealing method to improve cognitive functioning without the use of medication. One 5-year study examined the effect of memory, reasoning, or speed training on cognitive functioning in 2,802 older adults. Participants had ten 60-75 minute long training sessions in addition to 4 booster sessions over the course of the 5 years. Results from the study revealed 2 important benefits of providing cognitive training for older adults.

Depression impacts individuals not only emotionally, but cognitively. Research has shown that people living with depression experience cognitive deficits. They may suffer with executive functioning, memory, attention, and processing speed deficits that can negatively impact their ability to function in their everyday lives. Further research suggests that working on cognitive skills may be helpful in improving cognitive functioning in people with depression. In this blog post, we discuss 3 cognitive functions to focus on with your clients battling depression.

Many activity directors and nursing home staff seek ways to provide services for their elderly clients. One important service that needs to be offered for elderly people is cognitive training. Cognitive training has been researched for its potential benefits for improving cognitive, psychological, and physical health in elderly people. In this blog post, we show you 4 reasons why you should provide your elderly clients with cognitive training.