Animal-Assisted Therapy and Nutrition in Alzheimer’s Disease

  title={Animal-Assisted Therapy and Nutrition in Alzheimer’s Disease},
  author={Nancy E. Edwards and Alan M. Beck},
  journal={Western Journal of Nursing Research},
  pages={697 - 712}
  • N. EdwardsA. Beck
  • Published 1 October 2002
  • Medicine, Psychology
  • Western Journal of Nursing Research
This study examined the influence of animal-assisted therapy, specifically fish aquariums, on nutritional intake in individuals with Alzheimer’s disease (AD). [] Key Method Sixty-two individuals with AD who lived in specialized units were studied. Baseline nutritional data were obtained followed by a 2-week treatment period when the aquariums were introduced. The treatment data were collected daily for 2 weeks then weekly for 6 weeks. Nutritional intake increased significantly (21.1%; p < .001) when the…

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