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Therapeutic recreation as an intervention for persons with dementia and agitation: An efficacy study

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Linda L. Buettner, Professor (Creator)
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The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Thirty-six long term care residents with dementia and agitation were selected for participation in this eight week study. During the eight week period, the participants received two different four week therapeutic recreation interventions in a clinical crossover design. These interventions included a sensorimotor program and a traditional activity program. The effects of these two programs were evaluated in terms of the effect on strength, flexibility, overall functioning, and agitation. The analysis showed that there was a significant improvement of grip strength, flexibility, and a reduction in agitation during the sensorimotor segment of the treatment. The results of this study indicate a new direction for therapeutic recreation specialists working with older adults with dementia and agitation.

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Publication
American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 11(5), 4-12.
Language: English
Date: 1996
Keywords
Recreation therapy, Alzheimer's disease, Dementia, Intervention