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Evaluation of a TEACCH- and music therapy-based psychological intervention in mild to moderate dementia: A controlled trial

Background: A multicomponent psychological intervention designed to alleviate neuropsychiatric symptoms and to improve communication in mild to moderate dementia was evaluated in a controlled trial. Components were (1) TEACCH (Treatment and Education of Autistic and related Communication handicapped Children)-based cognitive-behavioral and environmental interventions adapted for dementia and (2) music therapy. Methods: In a Pre-post design, […]

Effect of a human-type communication robot on cognitive function in elderly women living alone

Background: Considering the high prevalence of dementia, it would be of great value to develop effective tools to improve cognitive function. We examined the effects of a human-type communication robot on cognitive function in elderly women living alone.; Material/methods: In this study, 34 healthy elderly female volunteers living alone were randomized to living with either […]

Persons with Alzheimer’s disease make phone calls independently using a computer-aided telephone system

This study assessed whether four patients with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease could make independent phone calls via a computer-aided telephone system. The study was carried out according to a non-concurrent multiple baseline design across participants. All participants started with baseline during which the telephone system was not available, and continued with intervention in which […]

Memory and communication support strategies in dementia: effect of a training program for informal caregivers

Background: People with dementia have a range of needs that are met by informal caregivers. A DVD-based training program was developed using research-based strategies for memory and communication in dementia. The effectiveness of the training on the caregiver experience and the well-being of the person with dementia was evaluated.; Methods: A pre-test/post-test controlled trial was […]

Effectiveness of family meetings for family caregivers on delaying time to nursing home placement of dementia patients: a randomized trial

Background: Interventions relieving the burden of caregiving may postpone or prevent patient institutionalization. The objective of this study was to determine whether a family meetings intervention was superior to usual care in postponing nursing home placement of patients with dementia.; Methods: A randomized multicenter trial was conducted among 192 patients with a clinical diagnosis of […]

Memantine and functional communication in Alzheimer’s disease: results of a 12-week, international, randomized clinical trial

Post hoc analyses suggest that memantine treatment may provide communication-related benefits in patients with Alzheimer’s disease (AD). In this 12-week, international, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of memantine (10 mg bid), the functional communication abilities of patients with AD (MMSE range: 10-19) were assessed using the Functional Linguistic Communication Inventory (FLCI; primary measure). Two combined subscales […]

Sustained effects of once-daily memantine treatment on cognition and functional communication skills in patients with moderate to severe Alzheimer’s disease: results of a 16-week open-label trial

The present study evaluated the effects of once-daily memantine (20 mg) treatment on cognition and communication in patients with moderate to severe Alzheimer’s disease (AD). In a multicenter, single-arm open-label study, outpatients diagnosed with AD (MMSE < 20; n = 97) were titrated from 5 mg to 20 mg once-daily memantine over 4 weeks. Once-daily […]

Development and evaluation of a training program for nursing home professionals to improve communication in dementia care

The purpose of this study was to develop and evaluate a skill training aimed at increasing the social competence of caregivers of nursing home residents suffering from dementia. Herewith, the professional burden and occupational stress of the caregivers should be reduced and the quality of life of dementia patients should be increased. The contents of […]

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 […]

Using Talking Mats to support communication in persons with Huntington’s disease

Background: Many individuals with Huntington’s disease experience reduced functioning in cognition, language and communication. Talking Mats is a visually based low technological augmentative communication framework that supports communication in people with different cognitive and communicative disabilities.; Aims: To evaluate Talking Mats as a communication tool for people in the later stages of Huntington’s disease.; Methods& […]

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