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Peaceful Mind: an open trial of cognitive-behavioral therapy for anxiety in persons with dementia


Paukert, Amber L., Calleo, Jessica, Kraus-Schuman, Cynthia, Snow, Lynn, Wilson, Nancy, Petersen, Nancy J., Kunik, Mark E., Stanley, Melinda A.


International Psychogeriatrics / IPA, Volume: 22, No.: 6, Pages.: 1012-1021

Year of Publication



Background: Anxiety has a high prevalence among individuals with dementia, and it has a significant negative impact on their functioning; yet intervention studies are lacking. We developed Peaceful Mind, a cognitive-behavioral intervention for persons with dementia. In this paper, we describe the intervention and results of an open trial evaluating the feasibility and utility of the intervention and assessment procedures.; Methods: Peaceful Mind is implemented over a period of three months in the participant’s home with involvement of a caregiver or “collateral.” Dyads are followed for an additional three months via telephone. An assortment of simplified skills is offered, including self-awareness, breathing, behavioral activation, calming thoughts, and sleep skills.; Results: Nine participants were enrolled, eight completed the three-month assessment, and seven completed the six-month assessment. Overall, participants and collaterals were satisfied with the intervention and reported that they benefited in terms of anxiety, depression, and collateral distress.; Conclusions: A randomized controlled trial would help determine whether this promising new treatment has a statistically significant impact on anxiety in this population.;

Bibtex Citation

@article{Paukert_2010, doi = {10.1017/s1041610210000694}, url = {}, year = 2010, month = {jun}, publisher = {Cambridge University Press ({CUP})}, volume = {22}, number = {06}, pages = {1012--1021}, author = {Amber L. Paukert and Jessica Calleo and Cynthia Kraus-Schuman and Lynn Snow and Nancy Wilson and Nancy J. Petersen and Mark E. Kunik and Melinda A. Stanley}, title = {Peaceful mind: an open trial of cognitive-behavioral therapy for anxiety in persons with dementia}, journal = {Int. Psychogeriatr.} }


activities of daily living, adaptation psychological, aged, aged, 80 and over, alzheimer disease, anxiety disorders, caregivers, cognitive therapy, comorbidity, depressive disorder, diagnosis, feasibility studies, female, house calls, humans, male, methods, patient satisfaction, psychology, telephone, therapy, washington

Countries of Study


Types of Dementia

Dementia (general / unspecified)

Types of Study

Before and After Study

Type of Outcomes

Behaviour, Depression and Anxiety


Extra Care Housing

Type of Interventions

Non-pharmacological Treatment

Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions

Behavioural Therapies