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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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