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Table 1 Aging Brain Care Acquiring New Skills While Enhancing Remaining Strengths intervention content

From: Supporting caregivers of veterans with Alzheimer’s disease and traumatic brain injury: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial

  Topic Materials
1 Introduction of project, format of sessions, and goals
Overview of educational information about communication, cognitive or thinking abilities, roles, and social activities
Strength-based assessment
Skills checklist
Review of strength/skills
Session evaluation
2 Review of session 1
Introduction to effective communication skills
Difficulties in communication
Communication skills and techniques
Supplementary session worksheets
Examples of skills include patience and acceptance, compromising, KISS, rephrasing questions, redirection with verbal and/or physical cues, narrowing the choices (closed-ended questions), and connecting with others (open-ended questions)
Session evaluation
Action plan
3 Review and discuss session 2 action plan
Introduction to cognitive engagement
Discussion tools, tips, and strategies of cognitive engagement
Review session 2 action plan
Examples of skills include giving hints, spaced retrieval, and external memory aids (i.e., signs, lists)
Supplementary session worksheets
Session evaluation
Action plan
4 Review and discuss session 3 action plan
Introduction to understanding emotions and behaviors
Review session 3 action plan
Examples of skills include cognitive task analysis, building on and using previously learned skills, and the activity notebook for cognitive stimulation and engagement
Action plan
5 Review and discuss session 4 action plan and reflection
Cognitive techniques to manage emotions and behaviors
Review of skills from sessions 2 and 3
Review session 4 action plan
Skills include validation, reframing, reevaluating expectations, giving yourself permission, substituting behaviors, adjusting the environment, and making time to relax
Supplementary session worksheets
Session evaluation
Action plan
6 Review and discuss sessions 4 and 5 action plans
Introduction to managing role changes and social activities
Skills and techniques to support roles and activities
Review of action plan
Examples of skills include simplifying activities and routines, pleasant activities assessment, increasing pleasant activities
Supplementary session worksheets
Session evaluation
Action plan
7 Review and discuss session 6 action plan
Advanced practice for care partners
Review of action plan
Session evaluation
Action plan
8 Review and discuss session 7 action plan
Session wrapup and future action plans
Review of action plan
Session evaluation
Overall program evaluations
Action plan
9 12-week booster session
Review and discuss session 8 action plan
Session wrapup and future action plans
Review of action plan
Session 9 evaluations