ERIC Number: ED264477
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Mar
Leisure Activities for Dementia Patients.
Lovett, Steven B.; Rappaport, Meryl B.
Research has shown that being a caregiver is often very stressful, particularly for individuals acting as caregivers for a demented elder. Caregivers might gain needed time to relax if there were leisure time activities available for demented individuals. A study was undertaken which involved development of the leisure activities; selection and pre-testing of caregivers and elders; use of activities and evaluation of their effect on caregivers; and follow-up of the effects once the activities were discontinued. Activity development resulted in 26 activities in the areas of games, arts and crafts, physical activities, and household activities. Participants were eight caregivers of demented male veterans who tried activities during weeks 3-8 of the 10-week participation period. Caregivers completed the Zarit Burden Scale before and after participation and recorded daily ratings of amount of relaxation experienced by the caregiver, time available for relaxation, and pleasantness of time spent interacting with their demented elder. Activity ratings were also obtained. The results of the pilot study revealed that elders spent an average of 33 minutes on a leisure activity each time they engaged in one. Caregivers, however, did not report more time to relax, nor did they report feeling more relaxed when their elders engaged in activities. In addition, caregivers did not perceive their interactions with their demented elders to be more pleasant on activity days. (NRB)
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