Therapeutic activities for people with dementia — what, why… and why not?
Article first published online: 28 JUN 2008
Journal of Advanced Nursing
Volume 26, Issue 4, pages 704–709, October 1997
How to Cite
Pulsford, D. (1997), Therapeutic activities for people with dementia — what, why… and why not?. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 26: 704–709. doi: 10.1046/j.1365-2648.1997.00405.x
- Issue published online: 28 JUN 2008
- Article first published online: 28 JUN 2008
- Accepted for publication 2 September 1996
- elderly people;
- therapeutic activities
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.