Association for Behavior Analysis International

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11th International Conference; Dublin, Ireland; 2022

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Poster Session #65
BPN Poster Session
Friday, September 2, 2022
5:45 PM–7:45 PM
Ground Level; Forum
1. Examining the Impact of a Behavioral Brain-Health Intervention on the Goal-Performance of Older Adults With Alzheimer’s Disease
Area: BPN; Domain: Applied Research
MICHELLE ELLEN KELLY (National College of Ireland )

Research shows that older adults diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) have the ability to learn and retain new information, and that rehabilitative interventions can help those with AD to increase their functional independence and goal attainment. This single subject, multiple baseline design (MBD) research investigated the clinical efficacy of an 8-week individualised intervention for people with early-stage AD. Three participants were recruited to participate. The intervention consisted of eight sessions of 60–90 minutes of cognitive rehabilitation. Outcomes included goal performance and satisfaction, quality of life (QoL), cognitive and everyday functioning, mood, and memory self-efficacy for participants with AD. Visual analysis of MBD data demonstrated a functional relationship between the intervention and improvements in goal performance. Subjective ratings of goal performance and satisfaction increased from baseline to post-test for all participants and were maintained at follow-up for two. Baseline to post-test QoL scores improved for all, whereas cognitive function and memory self-efficacy scores improved for two. A behavioural brain-health intervention can improve goal attainment for people with AD. This study represents a promising first step towards filling a practice gap in this area. Additional research and randomised-controlled trials are required.




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