Cognitive Rehabilitation for Executive Dysfunction in Adults With Stroke or Other Adult Nonprogressive Acquired Brain Damage

Stroke June 18, 2013

Executive functions are cognitive processes essential for controlling goal-oriented behavior and responding to new and novel situations. Executive function includes the processes of planning, initiation, organization, inhibition, problem solving, self-monitoring, and error correction. It has been estimated that ≈75% of stroke survivors experience impaired executive function (executive dysfunction), result- ing in reduced capacity to regain independence in activities of daily living, particularly when new movement strategies are necessary to compensate for limb weakness. A variety of cognitive rehabilitation interventions are implemented within clinical practice in an attempt to improve executive function and, consequently, independence with activities of daily living.1   Read more