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The study aimed to explore effects of a model for dementia prevention by community participation on cognition in older adults, Khon Kaen province. This one group pretest-posttest quasi-experimental research was carried out. The study included 24 participants aged 60 years old and over who were not diagnosed with dementia, and they lived in rural areas. The data were gathered through a demographic data questionnaire and the Montreal Cognitive Assessment which demonstrated inter-rater reliability of 0.86. Content validity index of the model for dementia prevention was 1. The collected data were analyzed by descriptive statistics and independent t-test.
The results showed that after participating in this model: the sample had statistically significantly higher average score of cognition than before participating the model (t = -3.583, p = .001). Therefore, health care providers can apply the model for dementia prevention to increase cognitive ability of older adults who live in rural areas.
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