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Sensory Stimulation in Dementia Care: Why It Is Important and How to Implement It

Vozzella, Stephen BA, ACC

Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation: April-June 2007 - Volume 23 - Issue 2 - p 102–113
doi: 10.1097/01.TGR.0000270179.23952.23

As persons with dementia regress, there is an increasing challenge to identify appropriate activities. A therapeutic activity approach that can benefit persons with dementia is sensory stimulation. This article will review the meaning of sensory stimulation, for whom it is appropriate, and the benefits. The activity assessment is integral in determining activities that are successful in stimulating the senses. The different ways to implement sensory stimulation are discussed. The writer refers to his own clinical experience of more than 10 years in the practical implementation of sensory stimulation activities. The 6 different types of sensory stimulation and the outcomes of sensory stimulation are described.

Copper Ridge and Fairhaven, Sykesville, Md.

Corresponding author: Stephen Vozzella, BA, ACC, Copper Ridge and Fairhaven, 710 Obrecht Rd, Sykesville, MD 21784 (e-mail:

© 2007 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.