Bridging the gap between clinical trials and community care: Translating a memory group for older people with mild cognitive impairment into a community-based organisation

Glynda J. Kinsella, Elizabeth Mullaly, Elizabeth Rand, Kerryn E. Pike, Ann Reilly, Marina G. Cavuoto

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Abstract

Objectives: Older people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) are seeking interventions for maintaining independence. This study investigates the feasibility of translating a research-evaluated memory group (LaTCH) into a community-based organisation by evaluating the experiences of clients and trained staff. Methods: Dementia Australia staff trained as facilitators of memory groups for 274 people with MCI and families. Clients and staff were interviewed regarding experiences from group participation. Results: Clients and staff reported benefits of shared experience through group participation, leading to greater use of compensatory strategies. Staff observed client improvement in memory-related self-confidence, thereby reducing anxiety and increasing re-engagement in life activities. In their own professional roles, staff reported increased self-efficacy, leading to greater role satisfaction. Several challenges in running and sustaining the program were also identified. Conclusions: Memory group interventions can be feasibly delivered in a community setting and increase service access opportunities for older people with memory problems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e168-e177
Number of pages10
JournalAustralasian Journal on Ageing
Volume39
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2020
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • community health services
  • memory intervention
  • mild cognitive impairment
  • older age
  • translations

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