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quality of life dementia

When we try to imagine what quality of life dementia must be like, we often think of feelings like fear, sadness, and loneliness. That’s not far-fetched either, if you’ve had any exposure to the disease.

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how do you know if it is improved, or how can it be improved at all?

The following sections explore how to improve and measure the quality of life of people with dementia.

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Some non-pharmacological interventions that have shown great effect in improving the quality of life of dementia patients in past studies are activities in art, dance, or music.

QoL Music

Music for enhancing the quality of life

Research has shown that listening to personally meaningful music can convey positive social interaction and promote positive emotions and memories.

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Enhancing the Quality of Life for Dementia Patients in Long-Term Care

When a person with dementia is in long-term care facility, there are several ways to improve quality of life.

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Quality of Life in Late-Stage Dementia Scale

Late-stage dementia limits the ability to participate in previously even further as well as one’s ability to communicate with family and friends which has a negative impact on social engagement (which may lead to social isolation).  This can be reflected by the fact that a lower quality of life is moderately associated with greater dementia severity. 

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Quality of Life Questionnaire

It is important to have a valid measure of the quality of life for those with dementia to evaluate the effectiveness of treatment interventions. However, there are two challenging issues when one wants to measure the quality of life for patients with dementia: