Title: Apathy and its nonpharmacological treatment in dementia
Authors : Treusch, Yvonne
Page, Julie
Niemann-Mirmehdi, Mechthild
Gutzmann, Hans
Heinz, Andreas
Rapp, Michael
Published in : GeroPsych
Volume(Issue) : 24
Issue : 3
Pages : 155
Pages to: 164
Publisher / Ed. Institution : Hogrefe
Issue Date: 2011
License (according to publishing contract) : Licence according to publishing contract
Type of review: Peer review (Publication)
Language : English
Subjects : Treatment; Dementia; Apathy
Subject (DDC) : 616.8: Neurology, diseases of nervous system
Abstract: Apathy is the most common behavioral symptom in Alzheimer`s disease. Apathy has been defined as a state characterized by simultaneous diminution in the overt behavioral, cognitive, and emotional concomitants of goal-directed behavior. In that sense, apathy refers to impairments in motor, cognitive, and emotional functions. To date, there is little empirical foundation for how these three levels interact in patients suffering from apathy. We describe here neurobiological foundations as well as clinical correlations between the severity of apathy and impairments in motor, cognitive, and emotional functions. Furthermore, we present a literature review of the nonpharmacological treatment options of apathy in dementia. We suggest that focusing on the motor, cognitive, and emotional aspects of apathy may help to implement successful treatment strategies. Multimodal, individualized approaches, including the use of physical activation and biography-based information to motivate dementia patients, seem to be of high relevance.
Departement: Gesundheit
Organisational Unit: Institute of Occupational Therapy (IER)
Publication type: Article in scientific Journal
DOI : 10.1024/1662-9647/a000041
ISSN: 1662-9647
URI: https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/4630
Appears in Collections:Publikationen Gesundheit

Files in This Item:
There are no files associated with this item.

Items in DSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.