Improving Health Outcomes for Seniors with Mild Cognitive Impairment

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Award Date: 2017

Project Lead(s): Kelly Murphy, Psychologist

Project Title: Optimizing Health Outcomes for Older Adults at Risk of Dementia

What is the issue?

One in ten Canadian seniors experiences mild cognitive impairment, which is associated with an increased risk of developing dementia. Brain training activities and lifestyle changes have shown promise. For example, our Learning the Ropes for Living with MCI® (Mild Cognitive Impairment) program has been proven effective. However, more health professionals need access to these programs.

What did we do?

To make our program more accessible, we created a webinar for health professionals to use to train their staff. We secured a provider to host it online, and we also updated the program manuals. A total of 129 people with mild cognitive impairment and 23 health professionals provided feedback.

What did we find?

Participants with mild cognitive impairment showed better memory and improved lifestyle habits that support good brain health. Most of them used the memory strategies and made time for daily recreation. Participants and their family members highly recommended the program. Family members reported that it helped improve their role as caregivers. Healthcare professionals found the training webinar and supporting manuals and materials useful.