Reasoning Exercises in Assisted Living (REAL): A feasibility study
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Issues Ment Health Nurs
Issues in Mental Health Nursing
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Assisted Living Facility residents are at risk for cognitive decline that precipitates nursing home placement. Cognitive training protects cognition and leads to maintained self-care for community dwelling elders. This pilot study tested an intervention designed to improve reasoning and everyday problem solving for assisted living residents.
Volunteers (N= 4) completed the six Reasoning Exercises in Assisted Living training sessions provided over one month. Pre-intervention, immediate post-intervention, and 3 month follow-up assessments of problem solving were compared. Scores on the Everyday Problems for Cognitively Challenged Elderly (EPCCE) increased 20% from pre (M=11.00, SD = 8.83) to post-intervention (M=19.5, SD=8.35), t=−312, p = .05. After three months, subjects showed sustained EPCCE score improvement (M = 21.75, SD = 4.57, t =−3.95, p = .03).
Published Article/Book Citation
Issues Ment Health Nurs. 2008 Aug; 29(8): 797–816. doi: 10.1080/01612840802182813