Evid Based Nurs 15:20-21 doi:10.1136/ebn.2011.100166
  • Care of the older person
  • Quantitative study - other

Social aspect of activity stimuli is related to positive affect in persons with Alzheimer's disease

  1. Shannon E Jarrott
  1. Department Human Development (0416), Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia, USA
  1. Correspondence to Shannon E Jarrott
    Department Human Development (0416), Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061, USA; sjarrott{at}

Commentary on:

Implications for nursing practice

  • Social stimuli, including simulated stimuli, generate the most positive affect among persons with moderate to severe dementia compared with various other types of stimuli.

  • Nursing home residents with Alzheimer's benefit from increased pleasure and interest during activities that involve social stimuli, particularly when it reflects their self-identity.

Implications for nursing research

  • There is a need to extend current findings by determining how to sustain mean levels of positive affect over extended periods during the day.

  • Techniques to effectively deliver social stimuli to small groups need further evaluation as most facilities cannot offer one-on-one programming.

  • Methods by which pleasure and interest are enhanced merit further research to clarify whether the content of activity programming or the means …

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