Annie Dillon, Intervention Coordinator, Oregon Health and Science University
Supriya Pandya, Senior Intervention Coordinator, Oregon Health and Science University
Khoa Nguyen, Lead Technology Coordinator, Oregon Health and Science University
Colton Scavone, Research Assessor, Oregon Health and Science University
Avery Richardson, Research Assessor, Oregon Health and Science University
Alyx Shepherd, Research Coordinator, Oregon Health and Science University
Hiroko Dodge, PhD, Overall Principle Investigator, Oregon Health and Science University
Telehealth may be in the unique position to implement innovative, user-friendly approaches for combating social isolation and cognitive decline. Our team has been conducting randomized controlled clinical trials over the past 10 years, examining the impact of social interaction on brain health. Currently, our I-CONECT (Internet-Based Conversational Engagement Clinical Trial) Study is seeking to understand whether addressing isolation and loneliness in older adults by harnessing telehealth technologies can improve cognitive functions and prevent dementia. Having completed our first year of the newly launched intervention project, we have received interesting responses and feedback from participants which have helped us to create meaningful engagement through video conferencing. We will discuss the lessons we have learned on how to create and measure quality engagement in video chats, and our approaches to addressing the social determinants of cognitive decline through interactive conversational techniques aimed at specific brain functions. We will also present our in-house developed video chat application that is specially designed to alleviate technological barriers and make engaging in conversation as easy as tapping a button.