A behavioral rehabilitation intervention for amnestic mild cognitive impairment

Melanie J. Chandler, Sherrie M. Hanna, Susan W. Lepore, Glenn E. Smith

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Abstract

Individuals with amnestic mild cognitive impairment (MCI) currently have few treatment options for combating their memory loss. The Memory Support System (MSS) is a calendar and organization system with accompanying 6-week curriculum designed for individuals with progressive memory impairment. Ability to learn the MSS and its utility were assessed in 20 participants. Participants were significantly more likely to successfully use the calendar system after training. Ninety-five percent were compliant with the MSS at training completion, and 89% continued to be compliant at follow-up. Outcome measures revealed a medium effect size for improvement in functional ability. Subjects further reported improved independence, self-confidence, and mood. This initial examination of the MSS suggests that with appropriate training, individuals with amnestic MCI can and will use a memory notebook system to help compensate for memory loss. These results are encouraging that the MSS may help with the symptoms of memory decline in MCI.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)451-461
Number of pages11
JournalAmerican Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and other Dementias
Volume23
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2008

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Keywords

  • Behavioral interventions
  • Cognitive rehabilitation
  • Functional ability
  • Memory loss
  • Memory notebook
  • Mild cognitive impairment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Clinical Psychology

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