Recreational activities to reduce behavioural symptoms in dementia

Ann Kolanowski, Donna M. Pick, Linda Buettner

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Few clinicians have an educational grounding in the use of nonpharmacological therapies for people with dementia. In this article, we explore the utility of recreational activities as one nonpharmacological intervention that has demonstrated effectiveness for reducing the behavioural symptoms of dementia. The implementation of effective recreational activities involves three components: understanding the evidence for this approach; acknowledging the need to reduce medications that have the potential to interfere with activity effectiveness; and individualizing activities so that the maximum benefit from the intervention is obtained.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)37-42
Number of pages6
JournalGeriatrics and Aging
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aging
  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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