Researchers at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) and University of New South Wales (UNSW) are inviting people with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) or Subjective Cognitive Decline (SCD) to participate in a voluntary online research trial aiming to reduce the risk of dementia.
What is the MyCOACH Trial about?
This research aims to test the effectiveness of an e-learning and behaviour change course designed to support healthy brain ageing and reduce risk of dementia. The course is tailored for people reporting cognitive difficulties or changes. The trial runs for 12 weeks, with a follow up at 1 and 2 years afterwards.
What is involved in this research trial?
Interested volunteers will be asked to complete some eligibility checks to confirm this study is a good match. If you decide to take part you would:
MyCOACH e-learning group (“Intervention”): Volunteers in this group participate in the 12 week online MyCOACH program. This includes 6 e-learning chapters, as well as three phone consultations with a dietician and/or exercise physiologist, and a 3-month subscription to a brain training app.
Control Education group (“Control”): Volunteers in this group will receive information about cognitive health and risk factors for dementia. This group is important to be able to measure the effectiveness of the research. At the end of the study, volunteers in this “control” group can access the full MyCOACH e-learning course.
You may be eligible to participate in the MyCOACH Trial if you:
Expressions of interest
If you are interested or know someone who might be, please contact us for more information:
Phone: (02) 9399 1815
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