Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109

  • Mild Cognitive Impairment


The goal of this study is to refine and test a strategy for engaging older adults with symptoms of SCD/MCI (subjective cognitive decline/mild cognitive impairment) as volunteers to help English language learners (ELLs) who live in the US improve their speaking skills via structured conversations using videoconferencing.

Study summary:

Aim 1: Conduct a user-centered design process to refine the SPEAK! training protocols for older adults with symptoms of SCD/MCI and ELLs, and the materials that will support productive engaging English conversation practice. Aim 2: Conduct a randomized, wait-list controlled trial of 12 weeks of SPEAK! participation, using a variety of recruitment sources, in order to evaluate our capacity to recruit, implement the intervention, and retain older adults with symptoms of SCD/MCI in sufficient numbers for a subsequent randomized-controlled trial evaluating the intervention's impact on participants' psychological well-being, mood, and cognitive functioning. Aim 3: Using mixed methods, evaluate the communication process between older adults with symptoms of SCD/MCI and ELLs including factors that contribute to satisfaction of both parties, engagement in planned contacts, possible contributors to stress or dissatisfaction, and perceptions among older adults of being appreciated and effective. The investigators will also estimate variances for key outcome variables and conduct exploratory analyses of intervention-control differences in participants' perceptions of their wellbeing, mood, and cognitive functioning.


Mild Cognitive Impairment participant -- Inclusion Criteria: - 55+ years of age, fluent speakers of English of any race/ethnicity, and be able to participate in a videoconference via a smartphone, tablet laptop, or desktop computer in their home or referring organization using a widely accessible, no cost videoconferencing platform. Exclusion Criteria: - Participants will be ineligible if they have a history of stroke or traumatic brain injury, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, or current alcohol or drug abuse/dependence, that would affect their ability to participate in the study. English Language Learner participant -- Inclusion Criteria: - 18+ years of age and be able to participate in a videoconference via a smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer in their home or referring organization using a widely-accessible, no cost videoconferencing platform. - basic ability to understand and speak English.



Primary Contact:

Principal Investigator
John D Piette, PhD
University of Michigan

Sarah H Yon, MPH
Phone: 734-222-7671

Backup Contact:

Jenny Chen, MPH
Phone: 734-222-7671

Location Contact:

Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109
United States

Sarah H Yon, MPH

Site Status: Recruiting

Data Source:

Date Processed: June 18, 2021

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