Improving outcomes for people with mild cognitive impairment: an Australian mixed-methods pilot study

Theodoro De Freitas, Luciana, Pain, Tilley, and Barnett, Fiona (2021) Improving outcomes for people with mild cognitive impairment: an Australian mixed-methods pilot study. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 40 (1). e87-e94.

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Objective: This pilot study tested the feasibility and acceptability of an innovative functional task exercise program to ameliorate mild cognitive impairment.

Methods: The functional task exercise program was trialled on community-dwelling adults aged 60 years or older. The 10-week program was conducted in regional Australia and evaluated for acceptability and feasibility. Outcomes were assessed pre- and post- intervention and at three-month follow-up. Structured interviews were conducted with caregivers and participants at the end of the program.

Results: Acceptability was demonstrated, with approximately 80% of the 23 participants completing the program. Clinical improvements were demonstrated in several cognitive and functional measures using an uncontrolled pre-post test design. Qualitative findings suggest feasibility as the program was viewed positively by participants and caregivers.

Conclusion: The functional exercise program was acceptable, was feasible and improved outcomes in an Australian context. Research is urgently needed to identify and treat people with mild cognitive impairment living in the community.

Item ID: 66962
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1741-6612
Keywords: aging, cognition, exercise
Copyright Information: © 2021 AJA Inc.
Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2021 01:22
FoR Codes: 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4201 Allied health and rehabilitation science > 420104 Occupational therapy @ 40%
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4207 Sports science and exercise > 420702 Exercise physiology @ 20%
32 BIOMEDICAL AND CLINICAL SCIENCES > 3209 Neurosciences > 320903 Central nervous system @ 40%
SEO Codes: 20 HEALTH > 2003 Provision of health and support services > 200301 Allied health therapies (excl. mental health services) @ 40%
20 HEALTH > 2005 Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health) > 200502 Health related to ageing @ 20%
20 HEALTH > 2001 Clinical health > 200104 Prevention of human diseases and conditions @ 40%
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