What research evidence is there that dance movement therapy improves the health and wellbeing of older adults with dementia? A systematic review and descriptive narrative summary

Publication date: Available online 23 March 2018 Source:The Arts in Psychotherapy Author(s): Steven Lyons, Vicky Karkou, Brenda Roe, Bonnie Meekums, Michael Richards In England, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines for supporting people with dementia recommend the therapeutic use of dancing and/or music as a treatment for non-cognitive symptoms, but make no direct reference to dance movement therapy or music therapy. Also, previous Cochrane Reviews in these areas have been criticized for being limited to randomized controlled trials focusing on outcomes. In order to maximize findings and explore the clinical process, this systematic review aimed to examine a broad range of research evidence (including quantitative, qualitative and arts based studies) for the benefits to health and wellbeing for adults aged 65 and older with dementia. Searches were conducted on multiple databases using predefined keywords. Two reviewers screened the texts retrieved using inclusion and exclusion criteria. The selection and process was determined by the PRISMA statement and the quality of included studies was appraised using a grading system. Results from the dance movement therapy literature are presented here in the form of a descriptive narrative summary. Findings show the existing evidence base consists of five mainly qualitative observational studies of varying methodological quality. Theoretically the included studies draw upon a person-centred approach,...
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Objective The aim of the study was to examine whether a diagnosis of prefracture dementia (PFD) affects functional outcome at discharge from a geriatric rehabilitation setting. Design A total of 211 consecutive elderly hip fracture patients were evaluated retrospectively. We used the Functional Independence Measure (FIM) and analyzed data by t test, χ2 test, and multiple linear regression analysis. Results Patients with PFD were older (P = 0.001), presented with lower Mini-Mental State Examination scores (P
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Conclusions: By approaching both intra- and interregional intrinsic brain activities in the early stages of AD, the findings of this research provide insights into the early pathogenesis of AD as related to memory performance.Dement Geriatr Cogn Disord 2018;46:229 –242
Source: Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders - Category: Geriatrics Source Type: research
Publication date: November 2018Source: The Lancet Neurology, Volume 17, Issue 11Author(s): Werner Hacke, Vladimir Hachinski
Source: The Lancet Neurology - Category: Neurology Source Type: research
The objective of the current pilot study is to explore the feasibility of a trial investigating the impact of computerized cognitive training, yoga, and an active control intervention (wellness education) in individuals with aMCI by conducting a group-randomized, multisite, parallel, three-arm pilot study. We will establish preliminary effect sizes regarding the association of each intervention with neuroimaging and cognitive and participant-reported measures. We also aim to estimate the strength of association between the various outcomes. The current trial aims to recruit 75 people with aMCI and their 75 cognitively heal...
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Publication date: Available online 16 October 2018Source: International Review of NeurobiologyAuthor(s): Julie M. Hall, Simon J.G. LewisAbstractCognitive impairment is one of the most salient non-motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease (PD). Cognitive decline poses a significant burden on the patient as well as the caregiver and a better understanding of the underlying pathological processes will aid in directing disease-specific treatment. In recent years, significant progress in the understanding of the underlying mechanisms of cognition in PD has been made using neuroimaging modalities. In this review, we will discuss the...
Source: International Review of Neurobiology - Category: Neuroscience Source Type: research
We described palliative care as “aggressive symptom management for maximum quality of life at the present time.”The goal is to treat and remove, or reduce, symptoms that are bothering the person who is deeply forgetful. Symptoms such as pain, or problems like urinary tract infections, are handled in ways that make sense to the person living inAlzheimer ’s World.Learn More -Alzheimer ’s WorldIn the beginning of the journey, when the person is only a little forgetful, diseases and health problems are managed so that the body and mind continue to support each otherFOR MAXIMUM QUALITY OF LIFE IN THE NOW...
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Conclusion: The Flanker task appears to be feasible, and a reliable and valid measure of selective attention. Although the test-retest reliability for the Flanker RT interference measure was fair, future studies need to confirm its validity to measure inhibitory control in patients with dementia.Dement Geriatr Cogn Disord Extra 2018;8:382 –392
Source: Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders Extra - Category: Geriatrics Source Type: research
Background: Accumulating data suggest a crucial role of the intestinal microbiota in the development and progression of neurodegenerative diseases. More recently, emerging reports have revealed an association between intestinal microbiota dysfunctions and dementia, a debilitating multifactorial disorder, characterized by progressive deterioration of cognition and behavior that interferes with the social and professional life of the sufferer. However, the mechanisms of this association are not fully understood.Summary: In this review, I discuss recent data that suggest mechanisms of cross-talk between intestinal microbiota ...
Source: Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders Extra - Category: Geriatrics Source Type: research
Conclusion: The Norwegian CFI was found to be a useful, valid, and robust instrument.Dement Geriatr Cogn Disord 2018;46:217 –228
Source: Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders - Category: Geriatrics Source Type: research
Conclusion: Our study showed that the informant-based simple questionnaire is a practical screening tool and is comparable with the language subscale of CASI. This tool can be applied in clinical practice and in the registration platform for rapid language dysfunction screening.Dement Geriatr Cogn Disord 2018;46:207 –216
Source: Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders - Category: Geriatrics Source Type: research
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