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Dr. Linda A. LeBlanc
Enjoyable activities are often considered an important part of maintaining the quality of a person's life. However, many adults with Alzheimer's disease or other dementias may have lost the ability to choose a preferred activity when asked about what they would like to do. The same neurological damage that prevents elders with dementia from living independently also inhibits their ability to initiate leisure activities (Mace, 1987). Studies have attempted to increase activity engagement in nursing homes by simply offering an activity choice to a resident at various different time intervals (Engelman, Altus, & Mathews, 1999). However, no studies have directly compared methods for identifying and offering activities to elders with dementia.
Cherup, Stacey M., "An Evaluation of the Utility of Choice Assessments in Increasing Activity Engagement and Positive Affect in Elders with Dementia" (2004). Honors Theses. 1022.
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