Prescribing activities that engage passive residents: An innovative method

Ann Kolanowski, Linda Buettner

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Individuals with dementia are often passive, which places them at risk for further cognitive and functional decline. Recreational activities have been used in research to reduce passive behaviors, but systematic reviews of these studies have found modest effect sizes for many activities. In this article, we describe the further theoretical development of an innovative method for prescribing activities that have a high likelihood of engaging nursing home residents who are passive and present examples for research application and clinical practice. This method may increase the effect size of activity interventions and encourage more widespread adoption of nonpharmacological interventions in practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)13-18
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of gerontological nursing
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2008


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nursing(all)
  • Gerontology

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