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Review of exemplar programs for adults with early-stage Alzheimer's Disease

Burgener, Sandra, Buettner, Linda, Buckwalter, Kathleen Coen, Beattie, Elizabeth, Bossen, Ann L., Fick, Donna M., Suzanne, Fitzsimmons, Kolanowski, Ann, Richeson, Nancy E., Rose, Karen M., Schreiner, Andrea, Specht, Janet K. Pringle, Marianne, Smith, Ingelin, Testad, Fang, Yu, Marcena, Gabrielson, & McKenzie, Sharon (2008) Review of exemplar programs for adults with early-stage Alzheimer's Disease. Research in Gerontological Nursing, 1(4), pp. 295-304.

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Abstract

In response to the need to develop evidence-based best practices interventions and services for individuals in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), the authors conducted an interdisciplinary literature review of exemplar programs, defined as those including multimodal or unimodal interventions; shown to be appropriate for individuals in the early stages of AD; demonstrating promise to support, maintain, and improve independent functioning; and shown to have positive effects for a variety of outcomes, including quality of life. This article examines evidence from five kinds of programs:-- (a) multimodal interventions,-- (b) programs developed by the Southwest Florida Interdisciplinary Center for Positive Aging,-- (c) sleep enhancement interventions,-- (d) managed care programs, and-- (e) technology-based interventions. Evidence from the review suggests that a number of programs can support functioning and improve quality of life for adults living with the early stages of memory loss. The article concludes with recommendations to advance a national research agenda in this area.

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ID Code: 21126
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: Early-Stage Alzheimer's Disease, Interventions, Evidence-based
ISSN: 1940-4921
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000) > Aged Care Nursing (111001)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Deposited On: 18 Jun 2009 13:52
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:53

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