A conceptual model for achieving well-being in adults with mild cognitive impairment

Odelyah Saad, Leehu Zysberg, Jeremia Heinik, Ron Ben-Itzhak, Anna Zisberg

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Objective: Low well-being is common among people with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI). We propose a model to examine how different types of resources work together to maintain well-being in people with MCI. Methods: Participants included 121 community dwelling adults over the age of 60 who were diagnosed with MCI. Structural equation modeling assessed suggested relationships between resources and well-being. Results: Emotional intelligence, general mental ability, morbidity, economic status, basic activities of daily living, and age were correlated to well-being in a triple mediation process through cognitive function, instrumental activities of daily living, and social support. Model fit was excellent (RMSEA-0.04; IFI-.96; CFI-.96; CMIN/DF-1.23), Conclusion: Achieving well-being when coping with MCI requires a combination of objective resources and subjective evaluation of the situation. Ultimately, social support determines an individual's level of well-being. Findings suggest the need to understand what kind of social support is required by those coping with MCI.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1467-1473
Number of pages7
JournalGeriatric Nursing
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2021

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  • Cognitive function
  • Instrumental activities of daily living
  • Observational descriptive study
  • Resource theory
  • Subjective social support

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gerontology

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