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An integrated dementia intervention for Korean older adults


Kang, Hee-Young, Bae, Yeong-Suk, Kim, Eun-Hee, Lee, Kap-Soon, Chae, Myeong-Jeong, Ju, Ree-Aie


Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, Volume: 48, No.: 12, Pages.: 42-50

Year of Publication



Called dotage in Korea, dementia is primarily characterized by cognitive impairments. Secondary manifestations include mental- emotional problems, including depression. This study was designed to examine the effects of an integrated dementia intervention for Korean older adults. The intervention is composed of cognitive stimulation training, exercise, music, art, and horticultural therapy. Participants included 38 older adults with mild dementia. Twenty were assigned to the experimental group and 18 to the control group. Participants in the experimental group attended 18 program sessions. Significant differences were found postintervention between the two groups in measures of cognitive function, depression levels, and mental-emotional health. The findings indicate that this integrated dementia intervention can be applied to help older adults / with mild dementia. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved). (journal abstract)

Bibtex Citation

@article{Kang_2010, doi = {10.3928/02793695-20100930-01}, url = {}, year = 2010, month = {oct}, publisher = {{SLACK}, Inc.}, volume = {48}, number = {12}, pages = {42--50}, author = {Hee-Young Kang and Yeong-Suk Bae and Eun-Hee Kim and Kap-Soon Lee and Myeong-Jeong Chae and Ree-Aie Ju}, title = {An Integrated Dementia Intervention for Korean Older Adults}, journal = {J Psychosoc Nurs Ment Health Serv} }


art therapy, cognitive processes, cognitive stimulation training, dementia, exercise, geriatric patients, horticultural, horticulture therapy, integrated intervention, interdisciplinary treatment approach, intervention, korean cultural groups, korean older adults, music art horticultural therapy, music therapy, stimulation, therapy

Types of Dementia

Dementia (general / unspecified)

Types of Study

Non randomised controlled trial

Type of Outcomes

Behaviour, Cognition, Depression and Anxiety

Type of Interventions

Non-pharmacological Treatment

Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions

Adult safeguarding and abuse detection/prevention, Arts and Music Interventions (including Art and Music Therapy), Exercise (inc. dancing), Other