New Study - Participant Outreach: Cognitive Training for Older Adults

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Do you want to help increase knowledge regarding the effect of cognitive training on older adults with mild cognitive impairment?

The Watson Centre Society for Brain Health (WCSBH) are recruiting otherwise healthy older adults (65 years or older) who are experiencing early signs of cognitive impairment. This is someone who has noticed changes in their cognitive functioning (like changes in thinking or memory) or someone who has been told by their healthcare professional that they have mild cognitive impairment (MCI). 

The purpose of this research study is to look at the potential for intensive cognitive intervention in slowing cognitive decline in older adults. 

Why is this study being done? 

It is known that various disease processes contribute to declining cognitive function specifically related to memory, learning, thinking, problem solving, decision making and attention. Studies recently conducted suggest that combining physical activity with cognitive exercises may improve and/or decrease the rate at which people progress towards more serious diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer’s.  

The Watson Centre Society for Brain Health (WCSBH) has successfully improved cognitive capacity, functioning and quality life for more than 100 individuals with brain injury using the ABI Wellness Rehabilitation Program. The program includes a combination of physical exercise, cognitive training and mindfulness meditation. 

Benefits of participating:

  • Access to a renowned cognitive rehab program for no cost
  • Help increase knowledge regarding the effect of cognitive training on older adults with mild cognitive impairment

Details: 

  • Recruitment period: September 1-18, 2020
  • Eligibility assessed via a 20-15 minute phone call with researchers. 
  • Duration of study: 6 months 

Tools required to participate in intervention group: 

  • basic computer literacy
  • reliable internet access
  • computer with video camera & microphone connection

Researchers will be looking to obtain basic demographic information such as age, gender, education level and exercise frequency. We will be asking individuals to complete a series of assessments to assess cognitive function and quality of life (over 3 testing periods). All information will be kept confidential and participation is voluntary. Individuals will be randomly assigned to a control group (non-program participants) or intervention group (program participants). Intervention group will take part in an intensive cognitive program. The commitment for engagement is 3.5 hours a day, 2 day a week. The group program is facilitated online using Microsoft Teams video meetings and delivered through an online portal. 

To express your interest, please contact Lynnea Thorkelson: lthorkelson@watsonbrainhealth.com For more information please visit: www.watsonbrainhealth.com

*Senior-serving organizations interested in sharing this information can view and download the attached posters. 

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