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Feasibility and first results of a group program to increase the frequency of cognitively stimulating leisure activities in people with mild cognitive impairment (AKTIVA–MCI)

Authors Tesky VA, Köbe T, Witte AV, Flöel A, Schuchardt JP, Hahn A, Pantel J

Received 7 April 2017

Accepted for publication 16 June 2017

Published 12 September 2017 Volume 2017:12 Pages 1459—1469


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Valentina A Tesky,1 Theresa Köbe,2 A Veronica Witte,2,3 Agnes Flöel,2 Jan Philipp Schuchardt,4 Andreas Hahn,4 Johannes Pantel1

1Geriatric Medicine, Institute of General Practice, Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany; 2Department of Neurology, Charité – University Medicine Berlin, Berlin, Germany; 3Department of Neurology, Max Planck Institute of Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, University of Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany; 4Department of Nutrition Physiology and Human Nutrition, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz University, Hannover, Germany

Abstract: AKTIVA-MCI is a program for patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) that aims to enhance participation in cognitively stimulating leisure activities. Participation in cognitively stimulating activities seems to be a potential strategy for people with MCI delaying cognitive decline for a while. In total, 35 MCI patients were enrolled in the pilot study of whom 29 completed the whole program (16 female, 71.1±7.5 years; Mini Mental Status Examination score: 28±2.2). Daily activity protocols were used to measure the frequency of participation in cognitively stimulating activities during the program (12 sessions). Additional standardized psychometric tests and questionnaires were used to assess cognition, mood, and subjective memory decline. Analyses of the daily activity protocols showed that during the intervention participants increased the frequency of several cognitively stimulating leisure activities. Comparison of pre-post data indicates no changes in cognitive status, mood, and subjective memory decline. These findings indicate that the program is suitable for patients with MCI.

Keywords: older people, MCI, pilot study, intervention study, cognitively stimulating leisure activities, training program, daily activity protocols

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