An Intergenerational, Cognitively Enriched Intervention for MCI Patients and Their Children. (MCI-project)

U

University Ghent

Status

Invitation-only

Conditions

Mild Cognitive Impairment

Treatments

Other: No intervention, interviews with MCI patients as part of the development phase

Study type

Interventional

Funder types

Other

Identifiers

NCT06221579
MCI-project - ONZ-2023-0246

Details and patient eligibility

About

In 2018, approximately 50 million people received a diagnosis of dementia, which is projected to triple by 2050. To mitigate the increase in dementia, it is crucial to prevent cognitive decline in at risk groups, such as older adults with mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Recent research has demonstrated that combining physical (PA) and cognitive activities yields positive effects on the cognitive health of older adults. However, it is essential to explore effective ways of implementing this approach for MCI patients as it may help prevent dementia. An intergenerational program offers a novel and innovative method to achieve this goal by involving both older and younger generations in a single (exercise) program aimed at promoting the health behavior of both groups. Engaging children in an intergenerational, cognitively enriched exercise program for MCI patients primarily benefits the older adults while also providing advantages for the adult children. Therefore, this intergenerational project serves as a valuable and motivating force to enhance the physical, cognitive, and psychosocial health of MCI patients, with a secondary aim of positively impacting the adult children. Phase 1 of this project (=current study) involves developing the intergenerational, cognitively enriched exercise program. This will be accomplished using a theoretical framework in combination with a co-creation approach, which actively involves MCI patients in the intervention development. Ten thinkaloud interviews (lasting approximately 2 hours) will be conducted with MCI patients and one of their adult children. The insights gained from these interviews will be used to adapt an existing exercise intervention for MCI patients according to their specific needs. Prior to the interview, participants will also be asked to complete a short questionnaire that collects basic demographic information.

Full description

In 2018, approximately 50 million people received a diagnosis of dementia, which is projected to triple by 2050. To mitigate the increase in dementia, it is crucial to prevent cognitive decline in at risk groups, such as older adults with mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Recent research has demonstrated that combining physical (PA) and cognitive activities yields positive effects on the cognitive health of older adults. However, it is essential to explore effective ways of implementing this approach for MCI patients as it may help prevent dementia. An intergenerational program offers a novel and innovative method to achieve this goal by involving both older and younger generations in a single (exercise) program aimed at promoting the health behavior of both groups. Engaging children in an intergenerational, cognitively enriched exercise program for MCI patients primarily benefits the older adults while also providing advantages for the adult children. Therefore, this intergenerational project serves as a valuable and motivating force to enhance the physical, cognitive, and psychosocial health of MCI patients, with a secondary aim of positively impacting the adult children. Phase 1 of this project (=current study) involves developing the intergenerational, cognitively enriched exercise program. This will be accomplished using a theoretical framework in combination with a co-creation approach, which actively involves MCI patients in the intervention development. Ten thinkaloud interviews (lasting approximately 2 hours) will be conducted with MCI patients and one of their adult children. The insights gained from these interviews will be used to adapt an existing exercise intervention for MCI patients according to their specific needs. Prior to the interview, participants will also be asked to complete a short questionnaire that collects basic demographic information.

Enrollment

15 estimated patients

Sex

All

Volunteers

No Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

  1. MCI Diagnosis: Individuals with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) are eligible to participate, without a formal dementia diagnosis.
  2. MCI Type: Both amnestic and non-amnestic MCI individuals qualify for participation.
  3. Adult Child: Must have an adult child willing to participate in the program, free from serious health issues, both physically and cognitively.

Exclusion criteria

  1. Dementia Diagnosis: Individuals formally diagnosed with dementia cannot participate.
  2. MCI from Specific Causes: Excludes those with MCI caused by frontotemporal dementia or Parkinson's.

Trial design

Primary purpose

Prevention

Allocation

N/A

Interventional model

Single Group Assignment

Masking

None (Open label)

15 participants in 1 patient group

Interview
Experimental group
Description:
Conducting interviews with MCI patients to identify their needs and preferences related to the intervention to be developed
Treatment:
Other: No intervention, interviews with MCI patients as part of the development phase

Trial contacts and locations

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