Supporting Cognition and Well-Being in Older Adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment: A Pilot Intervention
About one in five older adults in the community have cognitive impairments greater than expected for age, but less severe than dementia. Activity-based interventions tailored to this important “in-between” group may help to extend continued independence in everyday functioning while sustaining mood and well-being. This chapter reviews research on cognitive wellness interventions for persons with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and describes a 1-year pilot intervention based on individualized plans for increasing cognitive and physical activity. The need for controlled trials of MCI interventions with follow-up and measurement of impacts beyond cognition (e.g., well-being and everyday function) is discussed.
KeywordsMild Cognitive Impairment Aerobic Exercise Cognitive Activity Usual Care Group Mild Cognitive Impairment Patient
Take Charge would not have been possible without the help of project staff members Teresa Fleming, Tammy Pence, Philomena Poole, and Mary Reines; physicians and social work staff at participating memory diagnostic clinics, including Ronald Kodras, Thomas Loepfe, Mark Sager, Robert Smith, and Marie Hornes; and financial support from the Helen Bader Foundation to the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute for the memory clinic network and dementia outreach efforts. The persistence and efforts of Take Charge participants are also greatly appreciated.
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