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Computer Interactive Reminiscence and Conversation Aid groups – delivering cognitive stimulation with technology

Astell, A., Smith, S. K., Potter, S. and Preston-Jones, E. (2018) Computer Interactive Reminiscence and Conversation Aid groups – delivering cognitive stimulation with technology. Alzheimer's and Dementia: Translational Research and Clinical Interventions, 4. pp. 481-487. ISSN 2352-8737

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1016/j.trci.2018.08.003

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INTRODUCTION: Group-based cognitive stimulation is the only nonpharmacological intervention recommended by the UK National Institute for Clinical and Health Excellence (NICE) for people with dementia. The potential of technology to extend the availability of group-based cognitive stimulation has not been tested. METHOD: One hundred and sixty-one people with dementia participated in an 8-session group activity using Computer Interactive Reminiscence and Conversation Aid (CIRCA). Cognition, quality of life and general health were assessed pre-, post- and three-months later. RESULTS: There was a significant improvement in cognition and quality of life at the end of the CIRCA group intervention, which was further improved at three-month follow-up. CONCLUSION: CIRCA group sessions improved cognition and quality of life similar to group-base cognitive stimulation approved by NICE. These benefits were maintained at three-month follow-up. The data confirm the potential of CIRCA, which can be populated with different cultural and language contents for different user groups.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Department of Psychology
ID Code:78506
Publisher:Alzheimer's Association

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