Here you find a table of possible non pharmacologic interventions like Snoezelen you can use in respons to behavioral disturbances in dementia.
The Effect of Snoezelen on Psychotropic Drug Use of
Nursing Home Residents with Dementia
Boyle, G. and Bell, J. and Pollock, C. (2003) The Effect of Snoezelen on Psychotropic Drug Use of Nursing Home Residents with Dementia, in 38th APS Annual Conference, pp. 29-34, Perth Western Australia, 2 - 5 October 2003. The Australian Psychological Society Ltd, Melbourne, Victoria Australia.
At the Perley Rideau, Snoezelen Rooms
Work Wonders for Residents with Dementia
The walls sparkle. The tulle-draped ceiling puffs and shimmers. There's soothing music in the background and a tranquil nature scene is projected onto a wall.
Better Living Through Snoezelen at Beth Israel New York
Though Snoezelen is, in fact, a new method for treating dementia'autism, say, or Alzheimer's it's a very gentle technique, with no pain and no side effects.
Het verpleeghuis van Bernardus bestaat uit vier afdelingen met ieder een eigen specialisme: Mimosahof, Rozenhof, Irishof en Varenhof.
Mimosahof biedt plaats aan dertig bewoners. De meesten van hen hebben als gevolg van hun ziekte of handicap 24 uur per dag verpleging nodig. Tien van de dertig bewoners zijn in Mimosahof voor revalidatie. Acht bewoners verblijven er na een hersenbloeding en de daarop volgende behandeling in het ziekenhuis. Na acht weken gaan zij meestal weer naar huis.
Multi-Sensory Stimulation in 24-hour dementia care; Effects of snoezelen on residents and caregivers.
Julia C.M. van Weert
This study indicates that the implementation of snoezelen in 24-h daily care improves the quality of life of demented nursing home residents and the quality of working life of nurses in psychogeriatric care.
With a Dutch Summary to download (inclusief een Nederlandstalige samenvatting)
K E V I N W. H O P E University of Manchester
H E AT H E R A . WAT E R M A N University of Manchester
This article reports on selected outcomes from a four-year action research study exploring the use of a Multi-Sensory Environment (MSE) with older people with dementia. The literature around the use and utility of MSEs is summarized and a study exploring the clinical application of such an environment is described. Issues considered as having utility beyond the study environment are subsequently presented.
This product is developed in the framework of the graduation project (MSc) of M.D. de Groot to complete her study Industrial Design Technology at the Delft University of Technology. During this project, which was carried out at the company Barry Emons Aangepast Spelmateriaal B.V. (Adapted Activity Materials Barry Emons) 'snoezel' material is developed for demented elderly men. 'Snoezelen' is a term used for stimulating the senses of demented people in such a way that they experience a state of rest and safety. Starting from this restful state of being, attempts to stimulate the mind will be more successful. By stimulating the brain dementia is controllable to some extent.
The study involved enriching the sensed world of a small group of confused older people. A participatory nursing project, it specifically entailed working with management and staff to implement and evaluate two sensory rooms in a co-located dementia-specific unit. Over a one-year period, data were collected in relation to approximately eighty sensory enrichment sessions undertaken in these rooms with s eventeen residents who lived in the unit. During the sessions, residents were offered a variety of sensory experiences including aromatic massage, music, interesting lighting and other visual effects, tasty snacks and numerous tactile aids including dolls and soft toys. Sessions were tailored according to each resident's preferences and videotaped with the residents' permission.
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Imagine for a moment what it would be like to suddenly be transported into a foreign world where almost nothing was comprehensible. The people you talked to and the language they spoke--everything an unending stream of incomprehensible, sometimes frightening, activity. For many people living with conditions such as Alzheimer's disease, this is a daily reality. Now, psychologists are reaching back to the psychedelic and "mind expanding" 1960s and updating research on sensory deprivation with the hope of offering relief to people suffering from this type of dementia.
To help patients with dementia or Alzheimer's disease, St. Camillus Health Center has created a room that combines soft music, aromatherapy, textured objects and colored lighting designed to stimulate the senses.
Lancioni G E, Cuvo A J, O'Reilly M F. Snoezelen: an overview of research with people with developmental disabilities and dementia. Disability and Rehabilitation, 2002;24(4):175-184.
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Imagine being in a room with colored lights dancing across the wall and ceiling, the sounds of the sea playing in the background and the smell of lavender in the air.
Helping people with cognitive impairment such as Alzheimer's disease, dementia or a developmental disability can be a challenge for healthcare professionals, but area seniors residing at the Georgetown Assisted Living neighborhood of Keswick Pines Life Care Community in New Jersey now have an alternative means of therapy available. It is called the Snoezelen Program, a type of care that centers around a highly interactive therapy developed to decrease and relieve agitation, communication difficulties, combative and wandering behaviors, depression and other debilitating effects associated with Alzheimer's and other cognitive-impairments.
Why this activity?
For elderly people babies create a special emotion. It stimulates memories and feelings from past times. It is an excellent method to make contact with your clients and to find an entrance into their experiences.
Background: Snoezelen, multi-sensory stimulation, provides sensory stimuli to stimulate the primary senses of sight, hearing, touch, taste and smell, through the use of lighting effects, tactile surfaces, meditative music and the odour of relaxing essential oils (Pinkney 1997). The clinical application of snoezelen has been extended from the field of learning disability to dementia care over the past decade. The rationale for its use lies in providing a sensory environment that places fewer demands on intellectual abilities but capitalizes on the residual sensorimotor abilities of people with dementia (e.g. Buettner 1999, Hope 1998). Practitioners are keen to use snoezelen in dementia care, and some encouraging results have been documented in the area of promoting adaptive behaviours (e.g. Baker 1997, Long 1992, Spaull 1998). However, the clinical application of snoezelen often varies in form, nature, principles and procedures. Such variations not only make examination of the therapeutic values of Snoezelen difficult, but also impede the clinical development of snoezelen in dementia care. A systematic review of evidence for the efficacy of snoezelen in the care of people with dementia is therefore needed to inform future clinical applications and research directions.
This protocol should be cited as: Vink AC, Bruinsma MS, Scholten R. Music therapy in the care of people with dementia (Protocol for a Cochrane Review). In: The Cochrane Library, Issue 1, 2004. Oxford: Update Software.
World-wide an estimated 29 million people were suffering from dementia in the year 1996. Research is pursuing a variety of promising findings for the treatment of dementia, but pharmacological interventions are in the early stages of development and offer only limited help for many of the features of the illness. Little research has been directed towards non-pharmacological approaches.