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Dementia & Neuropsychologia

Print version ISSN 1980-5764

Dement. neuropsychol. vol.3 no.4 São Paulo Oct./Dec. 2009 

Original Articles

Collage technique may provide new perspectives for Alzheimer patients by exploring messages from their inner world

Técnica de colagem pode dar novas perspectivas para pacientes com doença de Alzheimer através da exploração do seu mundo interior

Mitsue Meguro1 

Junichi Ishizaki2 

Kenichi Meguro3 

1RN, MSc, Department of Geriatric Behavioral Neurology, Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine.

2PhD, Department of Geriatric Behavioral Neurology, Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine.

3MD, PhD, Department of Geriatric Behavioral Neurology, Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine.


Although the collage art technique has been introduced as a psychotherapeutic method, it has not been fully applied in dementia.


To analyze characteristics of the collage articles produced by patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD).


Twenty AD patients were asked to select and place several clippings as they wished. The MMSE was used for cognitive assessments.


Simplification and poor organization in their articles were found. The themes of one patient were found to change according to behavior. We discussed the images of the articles, especially spiritual images in the early stage and family images in the later stage.


We concluded that the collage technique could provide new perspectives for dementia patients by exploring messages from their inner world.

Key words: Alzheimer's disease; collage technique; spiritual care.


Embora a técnica de colagem tenha sido introduzida como um método psicoterapêutico, ela não foi totalmente aplicada em demência.


Analisar as características de trabalhos de colagens feitos por pacientes com doença de Alzheimer (DA).


A 20 pacientes foi solicitado que selecionassem e colocassem peças que apreciassem. O MEEM foi utilizado para avaliação cognitiva.


Simplificação e organização pobres foram encontradas. Nós demonstramos um paciente cujos temas foram mudando em relação ao comportamento. Nós discutimos as imagens dos artigos, especialmente imagens espirituais no estágio precoce e imagens familiares no estágio tardio.


Nós consideramos que a técnica de colagem poderia dar novas perspectivas na demência, explorando a mensagem do mundo interior.

Palavras-chaves: doença de Alzheimer; técnica de colagem; cuidado espiritual.

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Received: October 27, 2009; Accepted: November 03, 2009

Kenichi Meguro - Department of Geriatric Behavioral Neurology Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine 2-1, Seiryo-machi, Aoba-ku, 980-8575 Sendai, Japan. E-mail:

Disclosure: The authors report no conflicts of interest.

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