Chapter 5. Psychosocial Interventions for Dementia: A Review

  1. Mario Maj2 and
  2. Norman Sartorius3
  1. Franz Baro

Published Online: 11 FEB 2002

DOI: 10.1002/0470842350.ch5



How to Cite

Baro, F. (2000) Psychosocial Interventions for Dementia: A Review, in Dementia (eds M. Maj and N. Sartorius), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/0470842350.ch5

Editor Information

  1. 2

    University of Naples, Italy

  2. 3

    University of Geneva, Switzerland

Author Information

  1. Catholic University of Leuven, Psychiatric Centre Sint-Kamillus, Broeders van Liefde, Krijkelberg 1, B–3360 Bierbeck, Belgium

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 11 FEB 2002
  2. Published Print: 13 JUN 2000

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780471606987

Online ISBN: 9780470842355



  • dementia;
  • Alzheimer's disease;
  • psychosocial;
  • quality of life


This review starts with a section on the most common psychosocial interventions for patients with dementia: reality orientation therapy, reminiscence, validation therapy, behaviour modification, sensory stimulation and motor activity. Then it covers individual and group psychotherapeutic approaches to those patients and support interventions for the principal carers. Finally, it addresses the quality of life issues that must be considered in the development of a comprehensive approach to helping both patients and their families.