Vol. 10 nº 3 - Jul/Aug/Set de 2016
Original Article Páginas: 178 a 184

Effects of cognitive stimulation on neuropsychiatric symptoms in elderly with Alzheimer's disease: A systematic review

Authors Raiana Lídice Mór Fukushima1; Elisangela Gisele do Carmo2; Renata do Valle Pedroso3; Pollyanna Natalia Micali3; Paula Secomandi Donadelli1; Gilson Fuzaro Junior3; Reisa Cristiane de Paula Venancio1; Juliana Viola1; José Luiz Riani Costa4

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keywords: Alzheimer's disease, depression, apathy, anxiety, dementia, cognitive stimulation.

ABSTRACT:
INTRODUCTION: Neuropsychiatric symptoms are frequent in Alzheimer's disease and negatively affect patient quality of life.
OBJECTIVE: To assess the effectiveness of cognitive stimulation on neuropsychiatric symptoms in elderly patients with Alzheimer's disease.
METHODS: The included articles were reviewed between December 2015 and June 2016, and the inclusion criteria were: (1) studies involving older adults diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease; (2) studies published in English, Spanish or Portuguese; (3) studies that determined the effect of cognitive stimulation on neuropsychiatric symptoms in elderly patients with Alzheimer's disease; (4) controlled trials.
RESULTS: Out of the total 722, 9 articles matched the inclusion criteria. Depression, apathy and anxiety were the most frequent symptoms.
CONCLUSION: Studies reported significant results post-treatment, suggesting cognitive stimulation can be effective for these neuropsychiatric symptoms, thus improving the quality of life of Alzheimer's disease patients and their caregivers.

 

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