Haley LaMonica

Developing and evaluating an online Healthy Brain Ageing psychoeducation and cognitive training intervention for older adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment

Award: 
Faustyna Weiner Memorial Grant
Project Snapshot: 

The Healthy Brain Ageing team at the University of Sydney’s Brain and Mind Centre has developed and tested a multi-faceted, face-to-face information and brain training program for older adults at higher risk of developing dementia. Our seven-week ‘Healthy Brain Ageing’ program can improve memory, depression symptoms and sleep quality. We aim to translate this program to a web-based format, thus increasing its accessibility and suitability to a broad range of older adults. We will redesign the program, taking into account specific needs of older adults with cognitive difficulties (e.g. navigating the Internet, engaging activities etc.). We will then scientifically evaluate whether the online program is effective and feasible compared to a ‘waitlist’ control group who will receive the program later on. This project represents an opportunity to develop and evaluate a cost-effective, accessible and deliverable intervention to reduce the impact of cognitive decline in older adults ‘at risk’ of dementia.

Where are they now?: 

Haley LaMonica is a Clinical Neuropsychologist with the Healthy Brain Ageing Team at the Charles Perkins Centre, School of Psychology and Brain and Mind Centre at The University of Sydney and a Research Fellow with Project Synergy’s Research and Development Group at The University of Sydney’s Brain and Mind Centre.