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Revista Brasileira de Enfermagem

Print version ISSN 0034-7167On-line version ISSN 1984-0446

Abstract

CRUZ, Thiara Joanna Peçanha da; SA, Selma Petra Chaves; LINDOLPHO, Mirian da Costa  and  CALDAS, Célia Pereira. Cognitive stimulation for older people with Alzheimer’s disease performed by the caregiver. Rev. Bras. Enferm. [online]. 2015, vol.68, n.3, pp.510-516. ISSN 1984-0446.  https://doi.org/10.1590/0034-7167.2015680319i.

Objective:

to learn the infl uence of cognitive therapy at home, conducted by the caregivers of older people with Alzheimer’s Disease.

Method:

a case study was developed with fi ve older people with Alzheimer’s Disease and their caregivers. The stages of research development were: orientation with the caregivers; selection of older people and caregivers; approach of the study subjects at home; weekly meetings and reapplication of tests to follow up the cognitive function of the participants.

Results:

in three months it was possible to identify improved cognition, verifi ed by the result of the Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE). The scores of the other tests (KATZ, LAWTON, CLOCK TEST and VFT) remained the same.

Conclusion:

this strategy can be considered a light technology of nursing care for older people with dementia. When providing this care with the support of a nurse, caregivers re feel less anxious and understand the disease better.

Keywords : Elderly; Dementia; Cognitive Therapy; Gerontological Nursing; Technology.

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