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Alzheimers Dement. 2006 Jan;2(1):56-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jalz.2005.12.003.

The Northern Ireland life review/life storybook project for people with dementia.

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College of Nursing, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC, USA.


There are few interventions that help people with dementia retain or regain a sense of self. Thus, a controlled pilot study examined a life review/life storybook intervention, delivered by familiar care assistants to 30 people with dementia residing in assisted living facilities in Northern Ireland. A multivariate analysis of covariance showed significant change by group (F = 5.01, p < 0.014), particularly on depression (F = 7.54, p < 0.015), communication (F = 23.36, p < 0.005), positive mood (F = 9.47, p < 0.008), and cognition (F = 20.77, p < 0.005), suggesting a potentially promising technique to assist people with dementia.


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