Effects of group reminiscence therapy on agitated behavior and quality of life in Taiwanese older adults with dementia

Fang Yu Hsu, Ya Ping Yang, Feng Ping Lee, Chi Jane Wang, Jing Jy Wang

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The purpose of the current study was to evaluate short-and long-term effects of group reminiscence on agitated symptoms and quality of life (QOL) for individuals with dementia. A quasi-experimental study using a repeated-measures design was conducted in 43 residents with dementia. Participants received a 50-minute group reminiscence therapy session once per week for 10 weeks. Outcomes were measured 1 week before, 1 week after, and at 3 months pos-tintervention. Results showed no significant difference on the overall agitated behavior of participants. However, verbally aggressive behavior decreased significantly (p = 0.025), whereas intentional falling (p = 0.025), hoarding (p = 0.021), and akathisia (p = 0.027) significantly decreased in the short term. Participation in group reminiscence therapy significantly improved QOL (p < 0.001) across time periods for individuals with dementia. The findings provide information for professional and nonprofessional caregivers of individuals with specific agitated behaviors to improve their QOL.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)30-36
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Aug


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nursing(all)
  • Phychiatric Mental Health

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