Objectives/ Criteria and Groups Involved
Testing Methods
    This proposed research project is designed to measure the effectiveness of two therapeutic group programs in a nursing home setting to help reduce the need for medications, increase sleep patterns  
    and increase or maintain eating patterns, as well as, prove the need for intimacy in group work with the Alzheimer's patients. The techniques used in the therapy groups are intended to help residents either decrease the intake level of prescribed medications, or to avoid scheduled or anticipated increases in intake levels of food consumption and experience a better quality of life. Measurements of drug intake,  
    as well as behavioral incidents and their frequency, will be used to determine the effectiveness of the therapeutic groups. 
    It is the intention of the study to measure the Alzheimer resident quality of life and to prove that the group will influence their drug intake and their quality of life. The quality of life is not measurable but it will be measured with these diagnostics
  • Sleep patterns - examining the sleep patterns of the group one month prior to the group analysis. 
  • Eating patterns - examining the eating patterns and intake prior to the group and following the group. 
  • PRN medications - are they administered/needed less during the study compared to before and after the study. 
    Identifying and belonging to the group - do they respond to the clinician and "answer" the questions asked of them. The intimacy is the key to the groupís success.
    In our groups, the use of senses will be maximized. This study should demonstrate that with daily intimacy (defined as eye contact and connection on a personal level on a daily basis), centered around use of the senses (multi-model techniques), the Alzheimer resident will improve or maintain their abilities to sleep well, eat successfully and respond to personal contact. 
    In addition to improving behavior and reducing the need for medication, the therapeutic groups also are designed to achieve less measurable goals: 
    Providing residents with a comfortable and manageable environment, and an improved quality of life. 


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