Psychosocial interventions and dementia: our guide for understanding, knowing, implementing
Psychosocial interventions are essential to support people with dementia. This guide is intended for all professionals working directly or indirectly with people with dementia. It aims to improve knowledge, understanding and implementation of psychosocial interventions that can be provided to them.
Each chapter can be downloaded in the form of a practical sheet for professionals and a simplified version for people with dementia and family caregivers.
Practical sheets for professionals
- Adapted physical activity (Jean-Christophe Mino)
- Animal assisted interventions (Marie-Jose Enders-Slegers)
- Art therapy (Angel C. Duncan)
- Cognitive rehabilitation (Aleksandra Kudlicka)
- Cognitive stimulation therapy (Élodie Bertrand & Aimee Spector)
- Dance-based interventions (Jean-Bernard Mabire & Kevin Charras)
- Horticultural therapy (France Criou & Isabelle Boucq)
- Multisensory stimulation (Victoria Tischler & Federica D’Andrea)
- Music therapy (Hervé Platel)
- Reminiscence therapy (Bob Woods)
To be effective, psychosocial interventions must be provided according to specific indications and be adapted to the needs, difficulties and interests of people with dementia.
Excerpt from the guide
The clinical and practical advice presented in this guide is not a substitute for the training and knowledge required to provide these interventions but helps to define the framework for each intervention as well as the human and material resources required.
Psychosocial interventions and dementia
Discover below the sheets for people with dementia and family caregivers
Adapted physical activity in 6 questions
Animal assisted interventions in 6 questions
Art therapy in 6 questions
Cognitive rehabilitation in 6 questions
Cognitive rehabilitation is a therapy aiming to reduce the impact of cognitive impairments on daily life. This therapy uses concrete and practical aids and learning techniques to help the person to live better in everyday life, to facilitate new learning and to promote well-being.
Cognitive stimulation therapy in 6 questions
Dance-based interventions in 6 questions
Dance-based interventions provide a therapeutic use of dance and movement. Dance is a complete activity with physical, cognitive, psychological and social stimulation. Whether practiced alone, as a couple or in a group, dance is a source of pleasure and well-being.
Horticultural therapy in 6 questions
Multisensory stimulation in 6 questions
Multisensory stimulation includes all interventions aimed at stimulating two or more primary senses (vision, smell, touch, hearing, taste). These interventions provide people with adapted sensory experiences that promote well-being and enhance social interactions with others.
Music therapy in 6 questions
Music therapy uses music and/or its characteristics (sounds, rhythms, melodies or harmony) to enable people to communicate, interact, learn and express their emotions. Two techniques exist: active music therapy, which consists of using musical instruments or one’s own voice; and receptive music therapy, which is based on listening to music.
Reminiscence therapy in 6 questions
Reminiscence therapy involves evoking and sharing memories using different media such as pictures, music, sound archives, household objects or personal items. This therapy is based on memories from the past that are preserved for a long time in dementia.