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Multisensory stimulation to improve functional performance in moderate to severe dementia–interim results


Collier, Lesley, McPherson, Kathryn, Ellis-Hill, Caroline, Staal, Jason, Bucks, Romola


American Journal Of Alzheimer's Disease And Other Dementias, Volume: 25, No.: 8, Pages.: 698-703

Year of Publication



Dementia is a growing problem worldwide and interventions to effectively manage and promote function are urgently required. Multisensory environments (MSEs) have been used extensively with people with dementia; however, no studies have been conducted to explore the efficacy of sensory stimulation on functional performance. This study explores to what extent multisensory stimulation influences functional performance in people with moderate-to-severe dementia using an MSE compared with a control activity. Thirty participants with moderate-to-severe dementia were recruited from the South of England. Following baseline assessment and design of a bespoke intervention, each participant attended their allocated intervention (3 x week, for 4 weeks). Assessments were carried out pre and postsession using the Assessment of Motor and Process Skills. Results indicate significant improvement in functional performance in both the MSE and the control activity. Findings support the use of MSEs as a strategy for enhancing functional performance in dementia.;

Bibtex Citation

@article{Collier_2010, doi = {10.1177/1533317510387582}, url = {}, year = 2010, month = {dec}, publisher = {{SAGE} Publications}, volume = {25}, number = {8}, pages = {698--703}, author = {L. Collier and K. McPherson and C. Ellis-Hill and J. Staal and R. Bucks}, title = {Multisensory Stimulation to Improve Functional Performance in Moderate to Severe Dementia--Interim Results}, journal = {American Journal of Alzheimer{textquotesingle}s Disease and Other Dementias} }


aged, aged, 80 and over, day care, dementia, environment design, environments, female, humans, male, methods, middle aged, motor activity, multisensory, neuropsychological tests, nursing homes, physiopathology, severity of illness index, social environment, therapy

Countries of Study


Types of Dementia

Dementia (general / unspecified)

Types of Study

Case Control Study

Type of Outcomes


Type of Interventions

Non-pharmacological Treatment

Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions