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Training for Optimal Routines in Mild Cognitive Impairment


This study will test the effects of strategy training compared to enhanced usual care in older adults with mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Researchers are investigating the training as a way to slow the emergence of disability and keep people engaged in meaningful daily activities for as long as possible.

Minimum Age Maximum Age Gender Healthy Volunteers
60 Years N/A All No
July 2019
June 1, 2023

  • Diagnosis of MCI
  • Difficulty with a daily activity
  • Community dwelling
  • Eligible to complete magnetic resonance imaging and positron emission tomography imaging

  • Pregnant
  • Central nervous system disorder (other than MCI)
  • Substance disorder in past 5 years
  • Lifetime history of bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, or condition that could make it unsafe to proceed in the study (e.g., untreated major depressive disorder)
  • Severe medical condition that limits engagement in daily activities

The strategy training being tested in this study is designed to engage people in meaningful daily activities through generating self-selected goals, monitoring daily activities, scheduling activities, and finding solutions to barriers. Participants assigned to the study intervention will engage in 10 sessions over 5 weeks with a trained research interventionist. Participants will describe activities they do, no longer do, or have never done and will then use this information to identify and prioritize activity-based goals to address in the remaining sessions. Sessions will last approximately 1 hour and take place in participants' homes to enhance real-world application. Participants in the comparison group will receive their usual care and will also be connected to additional resources to meet their needs.

Name City State Zip Status Primary Contact
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Pennsylvania 15260 Recruiting Juleen Rodakowski

University of Pittsburgh

  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • National Institute on Aging (NIA)

Name Role Affiliation
Juleen Rodakowski, OTD, OTR/L Principal Investigator University of Pittsburgh

Name Phone Email
Juleen Rodakowski 412-383-6615
Kara Deliman 412-383-6752


Influence of Strategy Training on Disability for Older Adults With Mild Cognitive Impairment