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Faith-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Easing Depression in the Elderly With Cognitive Decline

Ceramidas, Dagmar M.

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0b013e318238f288
Feature: research

Minimizing depression in residential aged care facilities is a formidable challenge but doing so may improve quality of life and protect against dementia. A pilot project with residents with cognitive decline and concurrent depression tested the suitability of a faith-based cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) intervention in reducing participant levels of depression, offering promising results.

What can be done to help reduce depression in residential aged care facilities? Doing so may improve quality of life and protect against dementia. Supplemental Digital Content is available in the text.

Dagmar M. Ceramidas, PhD, OT, is a researcher at the Australian National University in Canberra. As an accredited mental health Occupational Therapist, she has lectured on pastoral approaches to dementia care and researches older adults and depression.

The author declares no conflict of interest.

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