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Enhancing the Quality of Life in Advanced Dementia - Ladislav Volicer

Enhancing the Quality of Life in Advanced Dementia

By: Ladislav Volicer (Editor), Lisa Bloom-Charette (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st January 1999
ISBN: 9780876309650
Number Of Pages: 232

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Quality of life issues are particularly important for those who have the least control over their environment. Since quality of life consists of both affective and cognitive components, individuals with significant cognitive deficits, such as dementia patients, in turn experience decreased levels of well-being. Since these individuals are unable to verbalize their psychological discomfort, their frustrations are often displayed as agitation and other problem behaviors. Historically, the treatment approaches such as the use of chemical and physical restraints to decrease problem behaviors have been proven unsuccessful, at times counter-therapeutic, and even dangerous to the patient.
This book suggests therapeutic approaches to quality of life issues which are creative and innovative, while at the same time patient-focused and cost effective. The ten approaches described are divided into two groups: general strategies and specific approaches. The general strategies include overall techniques such as Habilitation, Lifestyle Approach, Sheltered Workshop and Functional Techniques. The specialized approaches focus on various activities specifically designed for this population, such as validation therapy, simulated presence therapy, music therapy, Snoezelen, and light therapy.

General Strategies
Assessment of Quality of Life in Advanced Dementia
Habilitating Therapy: A New Starscape
The Lifestyle Approach
Adapted Work Program: A Sheltered Workshop for Dementia Patients
Prevention of Physical Impairment in Persons with Advanced Alzheimer's Disease
Specialized Approaches
Bright Eyes: A Structured Sensory Stimulation Intervention
Validation: A Communication Alternative
SimPresence: A Personalized Approach to Enhance Well-Being in Persons with Alzheimer's Disease
Music Therapy with Individuals with Advanced Dementia
Light Therapy in Alzheimer's Disease
Environmental Design as an Alzheimer Treatment
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ISBN: 9780876309650
ISBN-10: 0876309651
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 232
Published: 1st January 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.49
Edition Number: 1