Snoezelen Therapy as an Intervention to Reduce Agitation in Nursing Home Patients With Dementia: A Pilot Study

Nonpharmacologic interventions have been shown to be relatively effective in reducing agitation and improving the quality of life of patients with dementia.1,2 Programs/interventions that have been employed in many long-term care facilities include aromatherapy,3 art therapy,2 exercise therapy,4 –6 music therapy,2 pet therapy, and more.1 Exercise programs in particular have been shown in some studies to be effective in reducing agitation among patients with dementia.4,6,7 One emerging intervention that is not well established or validated, however, is snoezelen therapy.
Source: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association - Category: Health Management Authors: Tags: Letter to the Editor Source Type: research

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ConclusionsFirstly, variability in neurocognitive and imaging manifestations of B12 deficiency can limit delineation of other pathologies. Failure to improve following correction of nutritional deficiencies warrants further investigation for an alternate diagnosis. Secondly, re-evaluation of patients with comorbid mental health conditions is important in reaching timely and accurate diagnoses.
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Dear Candid Caregiver: My heart is breaking! My mom and I have always been close, even shopping together and having lunch quite regularly, so it was devastating when she was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s at age 53. Mom seems to have a particularly aggressive form of the disease, so just three years down the road she’s now judged to be in the late stage of her disease. Two years ago, I quit college to move back home and take care of her, which I was glad to do under the circumstances. Many changes have been challenging, of course, particularly six months ago when it became necessary to move her into a m...
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(Natural News) There may be a new alternative option for treating Alzheimer’s disease or dementia without resorting to toxic pharmaceutical drugs. A new approach uses magnets to stimulate the brain’s working memory. Researchers at Duke University have recently debuted an experimental therapy called repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) which applies a high-frequency magnetic pulse to the left...
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CONCLUSION: The diversity and heterogeneity of the interventions made both classification difficult and consistent judgments of the quality of the evidence difficult. From the perspective of promoting the psychosocial health of nursing home residents, the identified interventions should only be considered as suggestions or proposals for prevention and health promotion measures, and future studies should evaluate their implementation. PMID: 31727536 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Zeitschrift fur Evidenz, Fortbildung und Qualitat im Gesundheitswesen - Category: Health Management Tags: Z Evid Fortbild Qual Gesundhwes Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 16 November 2019Source: Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes and Essential Fatty AcidsAuthor(s): Kodai Ishihara, Kazuhiro P. Izawa, Masahiro Kitamura, Takayuki Shimogai, Yuji Kanejima, Tomoyuki Morisawa, Ikki ShimizuAbstractBackground: The relation between levels of n-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) and cognitive function and mild cognitive impairment (MCI) in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) is unclear. The purpose of the present study was to examine the associations between levels of n-6 PUFAs and cognitive function and MCI in patients with CAD.MethodsWe conducted a cross-secti...
Source: Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes and Essential Fatty Acids (PLEFA) - Category: Lipidology Source Type: research
Photo credit James Williams Dear Carol: I’m 74-years-old and have been my parents’ caregiver since they were my age. My dad died two years ago at 93, and now Mom lives with me and needs 24/7 care. She’s physically miserable and mentally incapable of enjoyment. I’ve never had the chance to travel because of my parents’ needs. Now, I can’t even go to theater or music performances because Mom can’t be left alone. I love her to bits, but I am grieving everything that I’ve missed, and I’m physically and emotionally worn out. I’m becoming bitter which isn’t good f...
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Both reduced cognitive ability and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) have been proposed as risk factors for dementia later in life. Moreover, a 2008 case-control study comparing 55 controls to 197 TBI patients from the Vietnam War indicated that higher intel...
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Whether or not you can read and write could be a factor in your ability to stave off dementia as you grow older, according to a new study from scientists at Columbia University.
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