Therapeutic activities for people with dementia — what, why… and why not?

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  • David Pulsford BA RMN RNT CertCouns

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    1. Senior Lecturer, Department of Primary Health Care, University College of St Martin, Lancaster, England
      David Pulsford, Department of Primary Health Care, University College of St Martin, Ashton Road Site, Lancaster LA1 5AX, England.
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David Pulsford, Department of Primary Health Care, University College of St Martin, Ashton Road Site, Lancaster LA1 5AX, England.

Abstract

This paper reviews the literature pertaining to the provision of therapeutic activities for elderly people suffering from dementia. It relates both the provision of such activities, and the types of activity done, to the values and beliefs held by nurses and other professional carers. The range of therapeutic activities cited in the literature is explored, and reasons why activities are sometimes not offered to patients are discussed. Finally, research findings into the effectiveness and value of therapeutic activities for this group of people are reviewed.

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