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Development and evaluation of a sleep education program for older adults with dementia living in adult family homes

Objectives: To investigate the feasibility of implementing a Sleep Education Program (SEP) for improving sleep in adult family home (AFH) residents with dementia, and the relative efficacy of SEP compared with usual care control in a pilot randomized controlled trial.; Participants: Thirty-seven AFH staff-caregivers and 47 residents with comorbid dementia and sleep disturbances.; Intervention: SEP […]

Increasing walking and bright light exposure to improve sleep in community-dwelling persons with Alzheimer’s disease: results of a randomized, controlled trial

Objectives: To test the effects of walking, light exposure, and a combination intervention (walking, light, and sleep education) on the sleep of persons with Alzheimer’s disease (AD).; Design: Randomized, controlled trial with blinded assessors.; Setting: Independent community living.; Participants: One hundred thirty-two people with AD and their in-home caregivers.; Interventions: Participants were randomly assigned to […]

Early-stage memory loss support groups: outcomes from a randomized controlled clinical trial

Objectives: This article describes results of a randomized controlled trial comparing a time-limited early-stage memory loss (ESML) support group program conducted by a local Alzheimer’s Association chapter to a wait-list (WL) control condition.; Methods: One hundred and forty-two dyads were randomized in blocks to ESML (n = 96) or WL (n = 46). Mean age […]

Making physical activity accessible to older adults with memory loss: a feasibility study

Purpose: For individuals with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), memory loss may prevent successful engagement in exercise, a key factor in preventing additional disability. The Resources and Activities for Life Long Independence (RALLI) program uses behavioral principles to make exercise more accessible for these individuals. Exercises are broken into small steps, sequenced, and linked with cues […]