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Incorporating Spirituality Into the Care of Persons with Alzheimer's Disease

RUDER, SHIRLEY EDD, RN

doi: 10.1097/ACQ.0b013e3181bef221
FEATURE TOPIC: Spirituality: Best Practice
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As the number of older adults with Alzheimer's disease (AD) increases, healthcare providers may be aware that persons with AD have spiritual and religious needs but may be uncertain as to how to assess or respond to these needs. Studies show that spiritual and religious activities can help both persons with AD and caregivers cope with the disease. In addition, recent research suggests that spiritual and religious activities may slow the progression of the disease. A diagnosis of AD brings challenges as we determine how to assess and find meaningful spiritual and religious interventions for caregivers and persons with AD.

Shirley Ruder, EdD, RN, is Associate Professor, School of Nursing, Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers.

Address correspondence to: Shirley Ruder, EdD, RN, School of Nursing, Florida Gulf Coast University, 10501 FGCU Blvd South, Fort Myers, FL 33965 (sruder@fgcu.edu).

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