From Science Daily:

People with dementia exposed to low quality of life through lack of activity.

Quality of life for people with dementia living in long-term care is often negatively impacted due to low levels of activity participation.

Furthermore, staff and families remain pessimistic about the abilities of the person with dementia to be engaged.

These are among the findings of a large-scale national study on the quality of life of people with dementia in residential aged care undertaken by the Dementia Collaborative Research Centre and Griffith University.

The study will be presented at this week’s 11th Gold Coast Health and Medical Research Conference (Dec 4 and 5) by Professor Wendy Moyle from Griffith’s Menzies Health Institute Queensland.

Using 53 residential aged care facilities across Australia, the study measured the participation levels across 15 leisure activities for residents with dementia (five items indoors and 10 items outdoors). For the 191 residents who were able to rate their own activity, the average score was 11.4 out of 30, with 0 being the lowest participation rate and 30 being the highest.

Among the 435 staff members surveyed in the study, the average score was 9.6, so lower than the people with dementia who self-reported on activities.

Families were found to be the most pessimistic regarding the degree to which they believed their family member engaged in leisure activities, with an average score of 7.

The study also tested the levels of cognitive impairment (brain function) and found that this was not related to the resident’s…

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