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Effects of a psychological group intervention on neuropsychiatric symptoms and communication in Alzheimer’s dementia


Fischer-Terworth, C., Probst, P.


Zeitschrift Für Gerontologie Und Geriatrie, Volume: 45, No.: 5, Pages.: 392-397

Year of Publication



Background: Outcomes of a multicomponent psychological intervention designed for the treatment of neuropsychiatric symptoms, communicative and emotional deficits in patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s dementia were evaluated in a controlled trial. Core components of the program were milieu therapy interventions and music therapy.; Patients and Methods: A total of 49 patients were involved into a pre-post design. The treatment group (n=26) received the program for 6 months, while controls (n=23) participated in standard occupational therapy. Statistical analyses included t-tests, calculation of effect sizes, and two-way analyses of variance.; Results: After 6 months, the treatment group showed clear, partly significant improvement of anxiety, agitation, aggression, and apathy as well as social communication, emotional competence and activity levels relative to controls.; Conclusion: The program has the potential to increase psychological well-being and to improve communication in patients with Alzheimer’s dementia.;

Bibtex Citation

@article{Fischer_Terworth_2012, doi = {10.1007/s00391-012-0296-4}, url = {}, year = 2012, month = {mar}, publisher = {Springer Science $mathplus$ Business Media}, volume = {45}, number = {5}, pages = {392--399}, author = {C. Fischer-Terworth and P. Probst}, title = {Effekte einer psychologischen Gruppenintervention auf neuropsychiatrische Symptome und Kommunikation bei Alzheimer-Demenz}, journal = {Zeitschrift für Gerontologie und Geriatrie} }


aged, aged, 80 and over, alzheimer disease, communication disorders, complications, diagnosis, etiology, female, humans, male, mental disorders, methods, milieu, milieu therapy, music therapy, psychotherapy group, rehabilitation, therapy, treatment outcome

Countries of Study


Types of Dementia

Alzheimer’s Disease

Types of Study

Non randomised controlled trial

Type of Outcomes

Behaviour, Depression and Anxiety

Type of Interventions

Non-pharmacological Treatment

Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions

Arts and Music Interventions (including Art and Music Therapy), Occupational Therapy, Other