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Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation:
doi: 10.1097/TGR.0b013e31821e5945
Alzheimer Disease Cognitive-Communication Interventions

Cognitive-Linguistic Interventions for Persons With Dementia: A Practitioner's Guide to 3 Evidence-Based Techniques

Mahendra, Nidhi PhD, CCC-SLP; Scullion, Amanda BA; Hamerschlag, Cassandra BA

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Abstract

The purpose of this article is to present practitioners with current empirical evidence on 3 nonpharmacological, cognitive-linguistic interventions for persons with dementia. We begin with a brief review of cognitive-communicative functioning in Alzheimer disease, followed by presenting rationale for conducting comprehensive assessments and systematic interventions for persons with dementia. We then review recently published evidence and new empirical data on the treatment outcomes of 3 contemporary intervention approaches—spaced retrieval training, use of memory books and wallets, and Montessori-based interventions. These interventions were selected on the basis of high quality, replicable evidence of positive treatment outcomes, interdisciplinary appeal, and potential for optimizing functioning and quality of life of persons with dementia and their caregivers.

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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