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Veena Sothieson

Doctor of Clinical Psychology, (Doctor of Clinical Psychology)
Study Completed: 2014
College of Humanities & Social Sciences


Thesis Title
Comparing Group-Based Interventions in Older Adults with Subjective Memory Difficulties

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The trend internationally and within New Zealand is of an increasing aging population, with numbers of those with dementia projected to increase rapidly. One way to address this issue is to consider the practical and clinical benefits of running memory intervention groups for older adults with memory difficulties/impairment. Ms Sothieson addressed some of the limitations found in memory intervention literature by (a) using a social control group as a control comparison, which has not been done before, and (b) separating out components of memory training interventions (i.e., memory strategies and lifestyle education). Quantitative results demonstrated no significant benefits of receiving Memory and/or Lifestyle Education interventions across different time points when compared with the social control condition. However, qualitative findings highlighted the value of conducting memory groups with older adults with subjective memory difficulties.

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Associate Professor John Podd

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