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 Academic Article uri icon

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.

publication date

  • 2019