הערכת איכות השינה באמצעות מכשיר האקטיגרף לבדיקת השפעת הטיפול בחדר גרייה רב חושי על איכות השינה של חולים הלוקים בשיטיון (דמנציה) מסוג אלצהיימר

Translated title of the contribution: MEASURING THE EFFECT OF MULTI-SENSORY STIMULATION IN THE SNOEZELEN ROOM ON SLEEP QUALITY OF ALZHEIMER PATIENTS USING ACTIGRAPH

Doron Todder, Meital Levartovsky, Tzvi Dwolatzky

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: The most common cause of dementia is Alzheimer's disease. The major manifestation of the disease is the cognitive impairment which appears at the onset of the disease. In addition to the cognitive impairment there are behavioral dysfunctions such as apathy, anxiety, depression and sleep disturbances. The treatment for the manifestations of Alzheimer is currently pharmacological and behavioral. One of the newest behavioral treatments for Alzheimer is the multi-sensory treatment using the Snoezelen room.

METHODS: The study group included 16 hospitalized Alzheimer patients. A device called the ActiGraph, which reads movement level, was placed on the subjects' non-dominant wrist. The measurements took place continually for five nights: two nights before snoezelen treatment, the day of treatment and two nights after the treatment. This protocol was repeated after a week of rest.

RESULTS: The results showed that snoezelen treatment has a positive effect on the quality of sleep during the first week but not on the second week.

CONCLUSIONS: Snoezelen treatment should be considered as part of the treatment regimen of Alzheimer patients, in addition to the pharmacological treatments in order to improve their quality of sleep and quality of life. Larger sample size and longer periods of time are needed to confirm the effectiveness of the treatment.

Translated title of the contributionMEASURING THE EFFECT OF MULTI-SENSORY STIMULATION IN THE SNOEZELEN ROOM ON SLEEP QUALITY OF ALZHEIMER PATIENTS USING ACTIGRAPH
Original languageHebrew
Pages (from-to)727-730
Number of pages4
Journalהרפואה
Volume155
Issue number12
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2016

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