Abstract Title:

Effects of animal-assisted therapy on agitated behaviors and social interactions of older adults with dementia.

Abstract Source:

Am J Alzheimers Dis Other Demen. 2003 Nov-Dec;18(6):353-8. PMID: 14682084

Abstract Author(s):

Nancy E Richeson

Article Affiliation:

Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies, College of Nursing and Health Professions, University of Southern Maine, Portland, Maine, USA.


The effects of a therapeutic recreation intervention using animal-assisted therapy (AAT) on the agitated behaviors and social interactions of older adults with dementia were examined using the Cohen-Mansfield Agitation Inventory and the Animal-Assisted Therapy Flow Sheet. In a pilot study, 15 nursing home residents with dementia participated in a daily AAT intervention for three weeks. Results showed statistically significant decreases in agitated behaviors and a statistically significant increase in social interaction pretest to post-test.

Study Type : Human Study
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Therapeutic Actions : Animal Therapy : CK(10) : AC(1)

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