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Promoting health in early-stage dementia: evaluation of a 12-week course


Buettner, Linda L., Fitzsimmons, Suzanne


Journal Of Gerontological Nursing, Volume: 35, No.: 3, Pages.: 39-49

Year of Publication



This project tested a 12-week health promotion course for older adults with early-stage dementia. In a quasi-experimental design, participants were assigned by site to intervention group or control group and evaluated at two time points. Mini-Mental State Examination scores, Geriatric Depression Scale scores, health behaviors, plus several measures of psychological well-being were used in this study. In the independent samples t-test analysis, significant positive change was found from pretest to posttest for the treatment group on cognition and depression. A chi square analysis found several significant positive differences in health behaviors for the treatment group.;


aged, aged, 80 and over, attitude to health, chisquare distribution, complications, course, curriculum, dementia, depression, diagnosis, early diagnosis, etiology, florida, geriatric assessment, health, health behavior, health promotion, humans, life style, mental status schedule, organization administration, patient education as topic, prevention & control, program evaluation, promotion, psychology, self efficacy, social support

Countries of Study


Types of Dementia

Dementia (general / unspecified), Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)

Types of Study

Non randomised controlled trial

Type of Outcomes

Cognition, Depression and Anxiety, Prevention and/or management of co-morbidities, Quality of Life of Person With Dementia



Type of Interventions

Non-pharmacological Treatment

Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions