Therapeutic Recreation as an Intervention for Agitation in Persons with Dementia: A Case Study of Mrs. M.
Keywords:Alzheimer's Disease, Agitation, Efficacy, Nursing Home Programming, Behaviors, Strength, Flexibility
AbstractThis case history follows an 80 year old woman with Alzheimer's type dementia and severe agitation over a period of eight weeks. During the eight week period, this woman received two different four week therapeutic recreation interventions. These interventions included a sensorimotor program (NDSP) and a traditional activity program. The effects of these two interventions were evaluated in terms of her strength and flexibility, overall functioning, and agitation. Her scores during the eight week project indicate the potential importance of active sensorimotor programs as a treatment approach for older adults with dementia and agitation.
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