Views on lifestyle change from caregivers of people with cognitive impairment in China

Y. John Mei, Sue Levkoff, Quan Wang, Huali Wang, Cui Dan, Zongfu Mao, Bei Wu

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Lifestyle changes such as in physical exercise, social activity, and diet can mitigate cognitive decline and improve quality of life in caregivers and care recipients with cognitive impairment. However, caregiver perspectives on lifestyle change remain largely unexamined. This study compares perspectives among caregivers for those with dementia and those with mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Interviews were conducted with caregivers in two sites in China, and thematic similarities and differences were examined between the two groups. Caregivers from both groups identified exercise, social activity, and diet as healthy ways of life. Differences were found in approaching lifestyle change based on health of the care recipient. Caregivers for patients with dementia found more often that they had no time or possibility for change, while caregivers for individuals with MCI were more often hopeful about change.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalSAGE Open
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 2013


  • Dementia
  • Lifestyle change
  • Medical sociology
  • Mild cognitive impairment
  • Urban China

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities
  • General Social Sciences


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