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Video programming for individuals with dementia: assessing cognitive congruence


Heller, Robert B., Dobbs, Bonnie M., Strain, Laurel A.


American Journal Of Alzheimer's Disease And Other Dementias, Volume: 24, No.: 2, Pages.: 122-128

Year of Publication



The effect of cognitively congruent video programming on attentional engagement, as measured by the average look duration and the proportion of the video viewed, was examined among long-term care facility residents with Alzheimer’s disease. Over a 2-week period, 24 residents viewed 4 cognitively congruent videos and 1 control video (ie, a recorded episode of a local news program) at least once. Level of attentional engagement was significantly higher for cognitively congruent video programs compared to the News. Neither history of television viewing nor cognitive status was related to engagement. The results suggest that video programs with less cognitive complexity may be more engaging for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease.;

Bibtex Citation

@article{Heller_2009, doi = {10.1177/1533317508328051}, url = {}, year = 2009, month = {apr}, publisher = {{SAGE} Publications}, volume = {24}, number = {2}, pages = {122--128}, author = {R. B. Heller and B. M. Dobbs and L. A. Strain}, title = {Video Programming for Individuals With Dementia: Assessing Cognitive Congruence}, journal = {American Journal of Alzheimer{textquotesingle}s Disease and Other Dementias} }


aged, aged, 80 and over, alzheimer disease, attention, caregivers, cognition, engagement, female, humans, long term care, methods, middle aged, motivation, psychology, questionnaires, television, therapy, video, videotape recording, x

Countries of Study


Types of Dementia

Alzheimer’s Disease

Types of Study

Before and After Study

Type of Outcomes



Nursing Homes

Type of Interventions

Non-pharmacological Treatment, Technology (telephone, telecare, telehealth, robots, GPS)

Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions