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Journal of Aging Research
Volume 2018, Article ID 6563457, 9 pages
Research Article

Participant Perspectives of Cognitive Rehabilitation for Type 2 Diabetes: Expectations and Impact

School of Nursing, The University of Texas at Austin, 1710 Red River, Austin, TX 78701, USA

Correspondence should be addressed to Heather E. Cuevas;

Received 16 January 2018; Revised 13 June 2018; Accepted 12 July 2018; Published 19 August 2018

Academic Editor: Barbara Shukitt-Hale

Copyright © 2018 Heather E. Cuevas et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Purpose. To describe the experiences of people with type 2 diabetes who have completed a comprehensive cognitive rehabilitation intervention. Method. Nineteen participants with type 2 diabetes enrolled in an 8-week intervention consisting of 4 educational classes to learn strategies to improve cognitive function and an online training program at home to practice cognitively stimulating activities. Two focus groups were conducted as part of a study designed to assess the feasibility of the comprehensive cognitive rehabilitation intervention. Results. Three main themes were identified in the qualitative data: (1) expectations of cognitive change; (2) use of cognitive strategies; and (3) effect on diabetes self-management. Participants shared valuable insight into how their experiences with the intervention changed and how they viewed diabetes. Conclusions. While the participants did not initially tie their cognitive complaints to diabetes, they were able to show how and why they might use cognitive strategies to improve diabetes self-management activities. By adapting those strategies for diabetes, quality of life can improve as well as potentially glycemic control.