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Quality of life and Alzheimer’s disease: The influence of participation in a rehabilitation center


Machado, Fernanda, Nunes, Paula V., Viola, Luciane F., Santos, Franklin S., Forlenza, Orestes V., Yassuda, Mônica S.


Dementia & Neuropsychologia, Volume: 3, No.: 3, Pages.: 241-247

Year of Publication



Quality of life is seldom explored in evaluations of therapeutic interventions in Alzheimer’s disease. Objective: To verify whether participation in a cognitive and functional rehabilitation program improves quality of life (QOL) among Alzheimer’s disease (AD) patients. Methods: 19 AD patients participated in this study, 12 of whom attended 24 multi-professional intervention sessions—the experimental group—whereas the remaining 7 comprised the control group. The following tools were used to assess changes: a) Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE); b) Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS); c) Quality of Life in AD evaluation scale (QOL-AD); d) Open question on QOL. Results: Participation had no positive impact on quantitative clinical variables (MMSE, GDS, QOL-AD). The answers to the open question, examined using the Collective Subject Discourse (CSD) method, suggested that QOL improved after the intervention. Conclusion: Combining pharmacological treatment with psychosocial intervention map prove to be an effective strategy to enhance the QOL of AD patients. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved). (journal abstract)


alzheimer’s disease, cognitive rehabilitation, functional rehabilitation, quality of life

Countries of Study


Types of Dementia

Alzheimer’s Disease

Types of Study

Case Control Study

Type of Outcomes

Quality of Life of Person With Dementia

Type of Interventions

Non-pharmacological Treatment

Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions

Behavioural Therapies