Purpose: This study evaluated the effectiveness of a tablet-based, volunteer-led standardized intervention for cognitively impaired older people in enhancing their cognitive and emotional well-being. Methods: Sixty-one community-dwelling older adults were recruited from public rental households and fulfilled inclusion criteria. All participants were suffer from cognitive impairment as assessed by Montreal Cognitive Assessment but without neuropsychiatric behavioral problem.
Intervention: based on body-mind-spirit well-being theoretical framework, a structured eight-session intervention protocol was developed by social workers. Volunteers who received standardized training delivered in-home intervention sessions applying a tablet-based solution. A single-group pretest-posttest design was adopted for evaluation.
Findings: Fifty-seven participants completed the intervention and pre- and post-assessment. A paired sample t test indicated that the structured intervention significantly enhanced participants’ cognitive ability, showed moderate effects on reducing depressive symptoms, and small effects on increasing instrumental activity of daily living functions.
Conclusion: This study demonstrated the feasibility and effectiveness of a tablet-based volunteer-led structured intervention for improving cognition and affective well-being of community dwelling older adults.