COMMUNICATING PERSONAL RISK PROFILES OF ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE TO OLDER ADULTS: A PILOT TRIAL
I. Choi, H. La Monica, S.L. Naismith, A. Rahmanovic, L. Mowszowski, N. Glozier
J Prev Alz Dis 2022;1(9):144-150
Communicating personal Alzheimer’s disease risk profiles based on validated risk algorithms may improve public knowledge about risk reduction, and initiate action. This proof of concept pilot trial aimed to test whether this is feasible and potentially effective and/or harmful. Older at-risk adults (N=24) were provided with their personal Alzheimer’s disease risk profile online, which contained information on their personal risk level, scores and tailored recommendations to manage modifiable risk factors. After receiving the risk profile, participants were significantly more accurate in identifying risk and protective factors, and revised their perceived risk to be lower than their initial estimate. There was no apparent harm seen in psychological distress or dementia-related worry. This shows preliminary support for the feasibility of delivering personal dementia risk profiles to low risk, help-seeking older adults in an online format. A definitive trial examining behavioural outcomes and testing in groups with higher risk profiles is now warranted.
I. Choi ; H. La Monica ; S.L. Naismith ; A. Rahmanovic ; L. Mowszowski ; N. Glozier (2021): Communicating Personal Risk Profiles of Alzheimer’s Disease to Older Adults: A Pilot Trial . The Journal of Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease (JPAD). http://dx.doi.org/10.14283/jpad.2021.34