Journal article

Strategies for Improving Memory: A Randomized Trial of Memory Groups for Older People, Including those with Mild Cognitive Impairment

Glynda J Kinsella, David Ames, Elsdon Storey, Ben Ong, Kerryn E Pike, Michael M Saling, Linda Clare, Elizabeth Mullaly, Elizabeth Rand

Journal of Alzheimer's Disease | IOS PRESS | Published : 2016

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Governments are promoting the importance of maintaining cognitive health into older age to minimize risk of cognitive decline and dementia. Older people with amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI) are particularly vulnerable to memory challenges in daily activities and are seeking ways to maintain independent living. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effectiveness of memory groups for improving memory strategies and memory ability of older people, especially those with aMCI. METHODS: 113 healthy older adults (HOA) and 106 adults with aMCI were randomized to a six-week memory group or a waitlist control condition. Outcome was evaluated through knowledge and use of memory strategies, m..

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Awarded by NHMRC, Australia


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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors wish to acknowledge the study participants who participated in the memory groups. We also acknowledge the support of the Cognitive, Dementia and Memory Services at Austin Health, Barwon Health, Bendigo Health, Bundoora Extended Care Centre, Caulfield Hospital, Melbourne Health, St. George's Hospital and Wantirna Hospital, as well as Associate Professor Michael Woodward and Dr. Alastair Mander for their referral of aMCI participants to the study. We would also like to thank Dr. Sarah Price, Dr. Nadia Petruccelli, Sam Parsons and Fenny Muliadi for their contribution to the organization of the study, and the research assistants who aided in data collection. This work was supported by a NHMRC, Australia grant (487318) to GJK, DA, ES, BO, MMS, LC, EM, and ER. KEP is supported by a NHMRC Clinical Research Training Fellowship (602543).