Pilot testing a couples-focused intervention for mild cognitive impairment

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

5 Scopus citations


The purpose of this pilot study was to evaluate the acceptability, feasibility, and potential benefits of the multicomponent Daily Enhancement of Meaningful Activity (DEMA) intervention, which was tailored to help couples facing mild cognitive impairment (MCI) work together to meet goals, remain engaged in meaningful activities, and adapt to changes over time. Using a single- group design, 10 individuals with MCI and their family caregivers were recruited to participate in the DEMA intervention over 6 biweekly sessions. Data were collected pre- and at 1 week and 3 months postintervention. Consent, session, and questionnaire completion rates indicated the program and study procedures were well accepted. Qualitative and quantitative findings indicated positive trends in meaningful activity performance and maintenance of health-related outcomes, as well as high program satisfaction. The DEMA intervention is potentially promising but needs further testing in a randomized clinical trial.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)16-23
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of gerontological nursing
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Gerontology

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Pilot testing a couples-focused intervention for mild cognitive impairment'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this