Search:
Advanced Search
Explore: 
Contact: webinfo@valleyhealth.com Phone Numbers >
LinkedIn Instagram Soundcloud
Book Online

with select Valley
Medical Group doctors

zoc-doc logo

Choose Another
Program or Service
223 N. Van Dien Avenue Ridgewood, NJ 07450
201-447-8000
Mailing Address:
The Valley Hospital
223 N. Van Dien Avenue
Ridgewood, NJ 07450

One Social Hour a Week Can Help Someone With Dementia

 
  
Good staff training improved patients' quality of life, lowered costs, study says

SUNDAY, July 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Just a slight increase in social interaction benefits older adults with dementia and lowers health care costs, a new British study suggests.

"People with dementia who are living in [nursing] homes are among the most vulnerable in our society," said study leader Clive Ballard. He's a professor at the University of Exeter Medical School in England.

"Our outcomes show that good staff training and just one hour a week of social interaction significantly improves quality of life for a group of people who can often be forgotten by society," Ballard said in a university news release.

The study included more than 800 dementia patients living in 69 nursing homes in the U.K. Two staff members at each home were trained to engage in simple social activities with the patients. This included talking to them about their interests and decisions about their care.

When combined with just one hour a week of social interaction, it improved patients' quality of life and eased their agitation, the researchers said.

This strategy also saved money compared to standard care, according to the study. The results were scheduled for presentation Sunday at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference in London.

"Taking a person-centered approach is about really getting to know the resident as an individual -- knowing their interests and talking with them while you provide all aspects of care," said Dr. Jane Fossey, of the Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust. "It can make a massive difference to the person themselves and their carers."

"We've shown that this approach significantly improves lives, reduces agitation and actually saves money, too," she added.

Studies presented at meetings are usually considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed medical journal.

More information

The U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke has more on dementia.

SOURCE: University of Exeter, news release, July 16, 2017
Copyright © 2017 HealthDay. All rights reserved.
 
All Health Headlines »
 
"To Your Health" Blog
What Do Women Need to Know About Heart Disease? 07-25-17

Did you know that heart disease impacts men and women differently? Research has shown that gender di...

View Blog �
Are you receiving the Valley Health News Service?

Sign Up Today

Copyright ©  Valley Health System. All rights reserved.