Self-management and cognitive rehabilitation in early stage dementia - merging methods to promote coping and adoption of assistive technology. A pilot study

Laila Øksnebjerg, Bob Woods, Christina Rytter Vilsen, Kathrine Ruth, Moa Gustafsson, Signe Pertou Ringkøbing, Gunhild Waldemar

21 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Objectives: It is essential to develop interventions that meet individual needs for coping and self-management of people with dementia. This study explored the feasibility and applicability of an intervention merging methods of cognitive rehabilitation and self-management groups for people with early stage dementia. The potential of this intervention to promote adoption of assistive technology was also explored. Method: People with early stage Alzheimer's disease (N = 19) participated in the programme comprising both individual and group sessions. Caregivers were involved in the individual session and a separate group meeting. The intervention both addressed individual goals and more general self-management approaches. In addition, both participants and caregivers were introduced to the ReACT app, a holistic solution tailormade to meet self-management needs of people with early stage dementia. Results: There was significant improvement in the participants' attainment of individual goals and satisfaction with goal attainment from pre- to post-intervention. Participants and caregivers generally reported a positive attitude towards the intervention, attendance rate was high, and all participants completed the intervention. Qualitative results also indicated that the intervention promoted awareness, acceptance and coping among participants. The specific benefits of using the ReACT app for self-management were also emphasised. Forty-two percent of the participants adopted the app and continued using it after completing the intervention. Conclusion: Results from this pilot study indicated that the intervention is both feasible and applicable and can be an effective method to promote coping and adoption of assistive technology among people with early stage dementia.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAging & Mental Health
Volume24
Issue number11
Pages (from-to)1894-1903
Number of pages10
ISSN1360-7863
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2020

Keywords

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • assistive technology
  • cognitive rehabilitation
  • Dementia
  • self-management

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