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Procedural and emotional religious activity therapy: connecting cognition and affective aspects of Alzheimer's disease

By D. E. Vance

Category Journal Articles
Abstract

Procedural and Emotional Religious Activity Therapy is a new approach for involving adults with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias with spiritually-laden activities. This therapy works by incorporating religious activities that are both emotionally-salient and have a procedural memory component. Thus, such activities are meaningful and intrinsically motivating for the adult with dementia. In addition, the procedural memory component is resistant to the neurological damage caused by Alzheimer's disease. Activities that use procedural memory can be employed well into later stages of dementia when activity therapy is more difficult to administer. This approach can be used to mitigate behavioral problems as well as increase quality of life. Due to the flexibility of this therapy, it can be used within a variety of religious paradigms. Guidelines and limitations in the use of this approach are provided.

Publication Title Activities, Adaptation & Aging
Volume 29
Issue 1
Pages 27-45
ISBN/ISSN 0192-4788
Publisher Taylor & Francis
DOI 10.1300/J016v29n01_03
Author Address NIH/NIA Postdoctoral Fellow, Edward R Roybal Center for Research in Applied Gerontology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 924 19th St South, Suite 110, Birmingham, AL 35294-2100
Tags
  1. Age
  2. Alzheimer disease
  3. Art
  4. Cognition
  5. Dementia
  6. Emotions
  7. Gerontology
  8. Memory
  9. Music
  10. Pet therapy
  11. Psychiatry and psychology
  12. Quality of life
  13. Reality Therapy
  14. Religions
  15. Reminiscence
  16. Rituals and Ceremonies
  17. Sensory Stimulation
  18. Spirituality
  19. teaching materials
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  1. peer-reviewed