Germana Cassano

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We developed a technology-aided intervention strategy relying on pictorial cues alone or in combination with verbal instructions and assessed these two versions of the strategy with three persons with moderate Alzheimer's disease. In Section I of the study, the strategy version with pictorial cues plus verbal instructions was compared with an existing(More)
OBJECTIVE To extend the evaluation of verbal-instruction technology for helping persons with mild and moderate Alzheimer's disease recapture daily activities and improve their mood. METHODS Two studies targeted two activities (i.e. snack preparation/sharing and shaving) with six and three new participants, respectively. Intervention effects on activity(More)
The present study (a) extended the assessment of an orientation program involving auditory cues (i.e., verbal messages automatically presented from the destinations) with five patients with Alzheimer's disease, (b) compared the effects of this program with those of a program with light cues (i.e., a program in which strobe lights were used instead of the(More)
This study assessed whether three patients with Alzheimer's disease could learn to use a basic orientation technology to reach different rooms within a day center. At each travel instance, the technology provided verbal messages (cues) from the room to reach. For the first two patients, the messages were presented at intervals of about 15s. For the third(More)
BACKGROUND/AIM Two studies assessed the effectiveness of video prompting as a strategy to support persons with mild and moderate Alzheimer's disease in performing daily activities. METHODS In study I, video prompting was compared to an existing strategy relying on verbal instructions. In study II, video prompting was compared to another existing strategy(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess whether verbal-instruction technology could help persons with mild and moderate Alzheimer's disease maintain their recaptured performance of daily activities. METHODS This study followed nine patients who had participated in previous studies aimed at helping them recapture one or more functional daily activities (i.e. table setting,(More)
This study assessed whether four patients with a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease could make independent phone calls via a computer-aided telephone system. The study was carried out according to a non-concurrent multiple baseline design across participants. All participants started with baseline during which the telephone system was not available, and(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the impact and the social rating of an active music condition (in which 10 patients with Alzheimer's disease regulated their music input) vs. a passive music condition. METHOD In the active condition, the patients used a simple hand response and a microswitch to activate music stimulation periods. In the passive condition, music(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the effects of a picture colouring activity on the wandering (and constructive engagement) of a man with severe Alzheimer's disease. METHOD The colouring activity was compared with a music listening condition and a baseline/control condition. A choice phase involving the colouring activity and the music condition was also implemented.(More)
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