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1 day ago · Alzheimer's Association International Conference (AAIC) in Living with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)

AAIC

The leading international conference where scientists and clinicians come together to discuss the latest news in cognitive aging, MCI, and dementia took place in a virtual format last week.  Dr. Locke and I were originally supposed to travel to Amsterdam to present information on HABIT research and to learn from others.  Alas, we’ve had to do it from the safety of our living rooms instead. Maybe next year European vacation…

You can go and view a lot of the research and presentations from AAIC at the Alzheimer’s Association’s page.

If something catches your interest, comment here about it so our other readers can find what you’ve discovered!

 

 

Tue, Jul 14 9:09am · Repost: "I Already Told You That" When Memory Affects Communication in Living with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)

I Already Told You

We just got done having this discussion with out HABIT group here in Florida today, reminding me that this is a good topic for most anyone with a loved one with memory loss.  Click below to read this article by Andrea Cuc, LMSW from Arizona from 2018.

“I Already Told You That” When Memory Affects Communication

 

Thu, Jul 9 8:47am · HABIT goes Virtual! in Living with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)

Way to go Arizona team for trailblazing this method! We will be following your path later this month!

Fri, Jun 5 1:49pm · Repost: I Tried a Mediterranean Diet Meal Delivery Kit for a Week in Living with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)

I tried a couple of these services myself a couple years ago as well. We tried HelloFresh and Gobble. We have a vegetarian in the house, so that guided our choice. I agree with Debbra that the calories with the dinner were high, but we actually found we could most often get double the serving portions they said were included, particularly if I made something like a simple frozen vegetable extra side with it for the family. That made it feel a bit more economical as well. I do not remember for sure if the prep time was included when you order. That likely varies per site. I know we personally switched from one service to the other – I think from HelloFresh to Gobble? – because the veg came diced up in one but not the other. For me, it was all about saving time: I can go to the store and buy a bag of potatoes myself and cut them up, but a service where everything was chopped,measured, and as I call it with my kids, "cooking show ready"? That is what I wanted.

Tue, Jun 2 11:57am · Repost: I Tried a Mediterranean Diet Meal Delivery Kit for a Week in Living with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)

Meal Plan

I don’t know about you, but we’ve been doing a lot more cooking at home lately due to being home more with more time, and with all the restrictions that have been in place on eating out.  Others are turning more to meal delivery kits during this time since they can’t get out to the stores or restaurants, or to help ease the burden since they have more caregiving responsibilities with many care and activity centers for seniors closed, or just to help with ideas for new recipes.  I thought that made a good opportunity to do this repost from Dr. Oskarsson back in October of 2018.  Click the link below and enjoy!

https://connect.mayoclinic.org/page/living-with-mild-cognitive-impairment-mci/newsfeed-post/i-tried-a-mediterranean-diet-meal-delivery-kit-for-a-week-and-this-is-what-happened/

 

Tue, May 26 12:48pm · How the Interventions in HABIT Might Benefit MCI Caregivers in Living with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)

Priscilla Amofa

This week we’d like to highlight more of the research some of our student partners at the University of Florida have been working on with our HABIT research study data that many of you participated in. This week’s blog comes from Priscilla Amofa, a psychology doctoral student at UF. We highlight the impact of HABIT on the person with MCI a lot in our research, but this week let’s focus on the impact on the caregivers.

Overview

In general, caregivers of persons with MCI experience increased distress and reduced quality of life. There is growing interest in exploring how behavioral interventions can help minimize this distress and reduction in quality of life.  This particular project explored how the different interventions that make up HABIT influence caregivers’ well-being for up to 12 months after training.

What We Did

In the HABIT program, caregivers are offered all 5 interventions – physical activity via yoga, computerized cognitive training via Brain HQ, wellness education, support groups, and memory support training. In our research trials supported by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), our investigators withheld one of the five interventions in HABIT in order to better understand how each component impacted caregivers’ sense of burden, quality of life, mood, anxiety, and self-efficacy.

Results

Twelve months after the interventions, caregivers who did not receive the physical activity (yoga) intervention were more anxious, had more burden, and had decreased mood compared to caregivers who receive the intervention. In addition, caregivers who did not receive the wellness education intervention were more anxious than those who did receive it.

Conclusion

Overall, our results suggest that wellness education and yoga interventions are vital in either sustaining or improving caregiver burden, mood, and anxiety for up to 12 months after training.

Our results suggest that the core concepts of promoting self-care and resilience taught in the HABIT Program’s yoga and wellness education components are having a real, lasting impact on caregiver well-being.

Thank You

I would like to thank the Mayo Clinic HABIT Team and research sites who made this trial and intervention possible. I would also like to recognize my mentor Dr. Glenn Smith and all the other principle investigators for their support and guidance. And most importantly, I would like to express my appreciation to the study participants for their time and dedication.

– Priscilla Amofa

(Thank you Priscilla!)

How did HABIT impact you as a caregiver?  If you haven’t been through HABIT, what do you do to care for yourself and build your resilience as a caregiver?

 

Thu, May 14 9:29am · Day 7: Creating your Resiliency Roadmap in Living with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)

1. I explored a new path on my bike ride, and it was fun. Saw a new-to-me older neighborhood, and rode almost to the high school. Some busy streets at times, but good to mix it up.
2. The weather cooled off this evening, so my kids spent a good hour after dinner playing outside. I'm grateful for hearing them laugh and enjoy themselves, and for the quiet I had inside.
3. I enjoyed making cookies with the younger kids in the afternoon. We made no-bake cookies, the ones that are basically chocolate peanut butter fudge held together by oatmeal. I hadn't had them for a long-time. Good thing we ate a healthy shrimp and rice dinner!

Tue, May 12 8:39am · Day 6: Creating your Resiliency Roadmap in Living with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)

What a great idea to post to the other group! We'd love to hear what insights they have on the topic!