Memory strategy training can enhance psychoeducation outcomes for dementia family caregivers: a randomized controlled trial Academic Article uri icon


  • This study investigated caregiver outcomes when a psychoeducation program for older people with dementia and caregivers is modified to extend practice in memory strategies. Moderation effects of increased memory strategy use were also explored. Fifty-six care dyads participated in the multicenter, randomized controlled trial comparing psychoeducation (active control) with psychoeducation and memory strategy practice (intervention). Primary outcome was memory strategy use; secondary outcome was caregiver emotional reactivity (burden, depression, and anxiety). Results showed memory strategy use significantly increased following psychoeducation for both groups. However, psychoeducation combined with memory strategy practice resulted in a significant reduction in depression for caregivers reporting at least mild baseline symptoms. Greater use of memory strategies moderated the relationship between burden and depression following intervention. Psychoeducation programs that incorporate practical memory strategy training may offer more substantial outcomes.

publication date

  • 2020