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Physical and psychological effects of 6-week tactile massage on elderly patients with severe dementia


Suzuki, M., Tatsumi, A., Otsuka, T., Kikuchi, K., Mizuta, A., Makino, K., Kimoto, A., Fujiwara, K., Abe, T., Nakagomi, T., Hayashi, T., Saruhara, T.


American Journal Of Alzheimer's Disease And Other Dementias, Volume: 25, No.: 8, Pages.: 680-686

Year of Publication



Tactile massage is a soft massage that improves physical relaxation and psychological well-being. The purpose of this study was to clarify the effects of a 6-week tactile massage on changes in physical and mental function, symptoms of behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) among elderly patients with dementia. In addition, chromogranin A (CgA) levels as an index of stress examined the effects of tactile massage intervention. A tactile massage group consisting of elderly patients with dementia received tactile massage therapy a total of 30 times each for about 20 minutes between 16:00 and 17:00 hours. In the control group, the mean scores for ”intellectual” and ”emotional function” score decreased significantly after 6 weeks (P < .05); however, no change was observed in the tactile massage group. Both the ''aggressiveness'' score (P < .05) and CgA levels decreased significantly after 6 weeks in the tactile massage group. These results suggest that tactile massage reduces aggressiveness and stress level in patients with dementia.;

Bibtex Citation

@article{Suzuki_2010, doi = {10.1177/1533317510386215}, url = {}, year = 2010, month = {dec}, publisher = {{SAGE} Publications}, volume = {25}, number = {8}, pages = {680--686}, author = {M. Suzuki and A. Tatsumi and T. Otsuka and K. Kikuchi and A. Mizuta and K. Makino and A. Kimoto and K. Fujiwara and T. Abe and T. Nakagomi and T. Hayashi and T. Saruhara}, title = {Physical and Psychological Effects of 6-Week Tactile Massage on Elderly Patients With Severe Dementia}, journal = {American Journal of Alzheimer{textquotesingle}s Disease and Other Dementias} }


aged, aged, 80 and over, aggression, behavior, chromogranin a, dementia, female, geriatric nursing, humans, massage, metabolism, methods, neuropsychological tests, nonverbal communication, nursing, prevention & control, psychology, saliva, severity of illness index, stress, psychological, therapy

Countries of Study


Types of Dementia

Dementia (general / unspecified)

Types of Study

Non randomised controlled trial

Type of Outcomes


Type of Interventions

Non-pharmacological Treatment

Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions

Complementary therapies