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Cognitive Rehabilitation for Early Stage Alzheimer’s Disease

Kelly, Michelle E., Lawlor, Brian A., Robertson, Ian H. and Brennan, Sabina (2013) Cognitive Rehabilitation for Early Stage Alzheimer’s Disease. In: 61st Annual and Scientific Meeting of the Irish Gerontological Society, 20th-21st September 2013, Croke Park Conference Centre, Dublin. (Submitted)

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Cognitive rehabilitation (CR) is an individualised, goal-based intervention for people with progressive conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The aim of CR is to enable people with cognitive impairments to achieve improved performance on personally relevant goals and everyday functional activities. Our research will investigate the clinical efficacy of individualised, goal-based CR interventions in early-stage Alzheimer’s disease (AD).

Up to ten participants with early-stage AD will be recruited to take part in the study. Participants are required to be community dwelling, have a formal diagnosis of AD, and score [18 on the MMSE. Family carers will also be invited to participate. The study will incorporate a single case, multiple-baseline design, with up to five personal rehabilitative goals identified for each participant. Intervention sessions will be conducted for 60–90 min, once per week over 8 weeks. Baseline, post-intervention, and follow-up data will be included. Primary outcomes of interest include progress with rehabilitation goals, goal satisfaction, and self reported quality of life. Secondary outcomes include cognitive and everyday functioning, and memory self efficacy. Outcomes of interest for caregivers include caregiver strain, quality of life, and general health.

Goal attainment scaling procedures will be used to evaluate progress with individual goals. Standardized outcome measures for the person with AD will include; the Bangor Goal Setting Interview, Quality of Life-AD, Repeatable Battery for the Assessment of Neuropsychological Status and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living scale. Outcome measures for the carer will include the Zarit BurdenInterview, World Health Organisation Quality of Life scale—short version, and the General Health Questionnaire.

Potential implications of CR interventions will be discussed with regard to cognitive and everyday functioning for people with early stage Alzheimer’s disease; and quality of life and well-being of family caregivers.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology > Cognitive psychology
Divisions: School of Business > Staff Research and Publications
Depositing User: Caoimhe Ní Mhaicín
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2017 12:49
Last Modified: 12 Dec 2017 08:45

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