Siobhan O'Dwyer

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AIMS AND OBJECTIVES To review the literature on massage used to manage agitated behaviours in older people with dementia, assess its efficacy as a non-pharmacological approach and provide recommendations for future research. BACKGROUND Agitation has traditionally been managed with chemical or physical restraint. There has been a growing interest in(More)
AIM To explore the effects of foot massage on agitated behaviours in older people with dementia living in long-term care. METHODS Seventeen men and 5 women (mean age 84.7 years), with a diagnosis of dementia and a history of clinically significant agitation, received a 10-minute foot massage each day for 14 days. The short form of the Cohen-Mansfield(More)
BACKGROUND Declines in cognitive functioning are a normal part of aging that can affect daily functioning and quality of life. This study will examine the impact of an exercise training program, and a combined exercise and cognitive training program, on the cognitive and physical functioning of older adults. METHODS/DESIGN Fit Bodies, Fine Minds is a(More)
BACKGROUND The anxiety associated with unfamiliar surroundings, the disorientation and mental confusion, and the social isolation that accompanies dementia can often create increased stress for people living in long-term care settings. Such a response is thought to affect the autonomic nervous system and result in emotional and physical symptoms of distress(More)
BACKGROUND There is increasing interest in using complementary and alternative treatments to manage behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia such as agitation, aggression and depressed mood. OBJECTIVE To compare the effect of foot massage (intervention) and quiet presence (control) on agitation and mood in people with dementia. DESIGN A(More)
AIM Online advertising is a new frontier in research recruitment and Google Adwords (GA) is one method of online advertising. Only a handful of studies, however, have described its cost and effectiveness and none have focused on older adults. The aim of this paper is to describe a GA campaign used to recruit family carers of people with dementia and provide(More)
INTRODUCTION Apathy, agitated behaviours, loneliness and depression are common consequences of dementia. This trial aims to evaluate the effect of a robotic animal on behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia in people with dementia living in long-term aged care. METHODS AND ANALYSIS A cluster-randomised controlled trial with three treatment(More)
OBJECTIVES To investigate the effects of Swedish massage with aromatic ginger oil (SMGO) on chronic low back pain and disability in older adults compared with traditional Thai massage (TTM). DESIGN Randomized controlled trial. SETTING Massage clinic in Ratchaburi province, Thailand. PARTICIPANTS 164 patients were screened; 140 were eligible, and(More)
OBJECTIVE The objective of this pilot study was to gather preliminary evidence on suicidal ideation in family carers of people with dementia. METHODS An online, cross-sectional survey was conducted with 120 family carers, the majority of whom were located in Australia and USA. The survey included measures of suicidality, self-efficacy, physical health,(More)
OBJECTIVE Family caregivers of people with dementia often report high levels of stress and depression, but little is known about those who contemplate suicide or self-harm. This study explores thoughts of suicide, self-harm and death in dementia caregivers and investigates the characteristics that distinguish them from those without such thoughts. METHODS(More)