Animal-Assisted Therapy and Nutrition in Alzheimer’s Disease

@article{Edwards2002AnimalAssistedTA,
  title={Animal-Assisted Therapy and Nutrition in Alzheimer’s Disease},
  author={N. Edwards and A. Beck},
  journal={Western Journal of Nursing Research},
  year={2002},
  volume={24},
  pages={697 - 712}
}
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…Expand
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