Increasing enjoyable activities to treat depression in nursing home residents with dementia: A pilot study

Travers, Catherine (2015) Increasing enjoyable activities to treat depression in nursing home residents with dementia: A pilot study. Dementia. (In Press)

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This pilot study aimed to assess the feasibility and acceptability of a Behavioral Activities intervention (BE-ACTIV) in Australian nursing homes. BE-ACTIV was developed by researchers at the University of Louisville, USA, to improve mood and quality of life (QOL) in nursing home residents with mild to moderate dementia. An 8-week trial was conducted and 10 residents with mild to moderate dementia received the BE-ACTIV intervention while 8 residents received a Walking and Talking intervention. Measures of depression (GDS–12R), and QOL (QOL-AD-NH) were administered prior to and following the interventions. Qualitative feedback indicated residents benefited from BE-ACTIV, evident by improved mood, although no statistically significant treatment effect was found. Moreover, the intervention was found to be feasible and acceptable to Australian nursing home staff and our findings highlight the importance of individualizing activities for people with dementia, of which 1:1 staff attention was a key component.

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ID Code: 84664
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: dementia, depression, nursing home, intervention study, psychosocial
DOI: 10.1177/1471301215586069
ISSN: 1741-2684
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 SAGE Publications
Deposited On: 04 Jun 2015 22:38
Last Modified: 06 Jul 2015 17:03

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