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Am J Alzheimers Dis Other Demen. 2008 Dec-2009 Jan;23(6):540-51. doi: 10.1177/1533317508323570. Epub 2008 Nov 10.

The first therapeutic game specifically designed and evaluated for Alzheimer's disease.

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Center on Aging, Health & Humanities, The George Washington University, Kensington, Maryland 20895, USA. GENCOWDC@aol.com

Abstract

The first therapeutic game specifically developed for Alzheimer's disease was evaluated on an NIH grant. It was hypothesized that the game would have a positive influence on factors influencing quality of life (eg, mood, pleasure, interest in activities) and family comfort level in visiting. The study used a single group, within-participants, design, and 2 control conditions including a family visit as usual. The Observed Emotion Rating Scale for assessing individuals with Alzheimer's disease was administered with a questionnaire for the family to provide their own evaluation. Reduction of signs of depression/sadness using the game were statistically significant. An increase in patient pleasure was highly significant (P < .0001). Increases in patient interest, patient satisfaction, and family member satisfaction were all highly significant (P < .0001). The qualitative appeal of the game to family members was very high. The game provides a meaningful one-on-one intervention for individuals with advanced dementia.

PMID:
19001349
DOI:
10.1177/1533317508323570
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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