Chulalongkorn Medical Journal


Objective : To study the effect of TENS over the temporal areas regardingcognition, behavior and memory in normal elderly persons.Design : Experimental study with control group.Materials and Method : Normal elderly subjects age 50 years and over were recruitedin the study. They were either allocated into experimental andcontrol group. All patients of both groups were stimulated withTENS on both sides of the temporal areas for 10 min per day,5 days a week for 3 weeks. The control group received shamstimulation at the same site of stimulation on their head. TheThai Adaptation of the ABCD was applied before and after thetest.Results : Thirty-six elderly subjects (ranging 52 - 84 years old) were eitherallocated into experimental and control group of 23 and13 subjects, respectively. There was no statistical differencebetween pretest and post-test of ABCD scores in the controlgroup, but there was in the experimental group only in threeconstructions, namely: mental status, memory and linguisticexpression.Conclusions : Cognitive and behavior functions and recent memory could beimprove by TENS on the temporal areas.


Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University

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