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One of the effects of Alzheimer's disease is a diminution in the ability to communicate. A randomized, non-blinded two-group experimental study was undertaken to determine if planned walking has the capacity to improve the communication performance of patients with moderate to severe Alzheimer's disease. Thirty subjects meeting NINCDS-ADRDA diagnostic(More)
A substantial proportion of hospitalizations of nursing home (NH) residents may be avoidable. Medicare payment reforms, such as bundled payments for episodes of care and value-based purchasing, will change incentives that favor hospitalization but could result in care quality problems if NHs lack the resources and training to identify and manage acute(More)
The purpose oF this study was to examine the eFFects oF 3 behavioral interventions on aFFect and mood in nursing home residents with Alzheimer's disease. In a pre-post design, 90 residents with Alzheimer's disease were randomized to 3 groups: supervised walking, comprehensive exercise (walking plus strength training, balance, and Flexibility exercises), and(More)
UNLABELLED The purpose of this study was to compare the effects of 16 weeks of a comprehensive exercise routine to supervised walking and social conversation on depression in nursing home residents with Alzheimer's disease (AD). METHOD This study was a three-group, repeated-measures design with random assignment to treatment group. Forty-five nursing home(More)
BACKGROUND Investigation of the effects of exercise on frail, institutionalized individuals with dementia has been impeded by concerns about the reliability of physical performance measures when used in this population. METHODS The physical performance of 33 institutionalized subjects with Alzheimer's disease was measured during both the morning and(More)
OBJECTIVES To describe nursing home (NH) staff perceptions of avoidability of hospital transfers of NH residents. DESIGN Mixed methods qualitative and quantitative analysis of 1,347 quality improvement (QI) review tools completed by staff at 26 NHs and transcripts of conference calls. SETTING Twenty-six NHs in three states participating in the(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine whether an activity specific exercise program could improve ability to perform basic mobility activities in long-term care residents with Alzheimer disease (AD). DESIGN Randomized, controlled, single-blinded clinical trial. SETTING Residents of 7 long-term care facilities. PARTICIPANTS Eighty-two long-term care residents with(More)
It has been well documented that education influences the individual's performance on category fluency tasks but it is still unclear how this effect may differ across the different types of category tasks (i.e., animals, fruits, vegetables and clothing). This study aims (1) to analyze the effect of the level of education on four different types of category(More)
The purpose of this study was to test the effect of nurse-managed transitional care on the quality of care and functional ability of individuals following discharge from subacute units. Registered nurses employed on subacute units in a skilled nursing facility provided the nurse-managed transitional care. Using a quasi-experimental design, data were(More)
The effectiveness of conversation in improving verbal communication of nursing home residents with Alzheimer's disease was compared to exercise and a combination of both interventions. Fifty-five participants were randomly assigned to treatment group and raters were blinded. Treatment was given three times weekly for 30 minutes, for 16 weeks. Although all(More)