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The deteriorative nature of AD often affects the ability of patients to perform ADL's independently, resulting in reduced autonomy and decreased opportunities to make pertinent decisions. This study separates decision making into two components and describes pertinent autonomy for AD patients in...
Anecdotal evidence indicates that Alzheimer's disease patients often appear confused and unable to concentrate, and that this may be related to attention span. This study utilizes barriers of three different heights to test how visual and auditory distracters affect the ability to concentrate on...
As we become more deeply concerned with the care of people with Alzheimer's disease and related disorders, it becomes increasingly clear that design is not just an incidental concern, but is integral to a well balanced program for this population. It is gratifying that over the last few years...
Autonomy and independence have recently become important issues for the elderly, but have not been applied to Alzheimer's disease patients. This project explores pertinent autonomy for the cognitively disabled by studying exit door behaviors. A specially designed environment satisfied safety and...
The issue of purposeful therapeutic activities for AD patients has largely been ignored in the literature. Continuity with pre-morbid life patterns and reinforcement of repetitive sequential behaviors may help support the remaining abilities of some AD patients and encourage active participation...
The importance of food and food choices as a physical, social, and psychological component of well-being is well documented. However these issues have not been systematically examined with the cognitively disabled. This study explores how presentation of food and snacks can encourage AD patients...
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