Siobhan O'Dwyer

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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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
BACKGROUND Recent studies have indicated that family caregivers of people with dementia have higher rates of depression, anxiety and hopelessness, as well as higher levels of burden, stress and distress. Not all caregivers, however, succumb to the negative effects of caring. Caregivers who are able to recover from, resist or adapt to the physical and(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)
PURPOSE OF REVIEW To describe the impact of living in a nursing home on quality of life (QoL) in people living with dementia. RECENT FINDINGS People with dementia are likely to spend time in a nursing home, particularly in the late stage of the syndrome when declining functional and cognitive ability add to the burden of community care. Although it is(More)
OBJECTIVE Family carers of people with dementia have higher than average rates of suicidal ideation, but there has been no research on homicidal ideation in this population. The aim of this study was to explore thoughts of homicide in family carers of people with dementia. METHOD A descriptive qualitative approach was taken. Twenty-one Australian carers(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)