Article of the month: July – August 2016

The website committee selected the publication of Nelleke van ‘t Leven et al. as publication of the month. This study addresses the important topic of how interventions can deliver a person-centred approach. It examined how three specific multiple-component, activating dyadic interventions fitted needs, characteristics, and preferences of both the people with dementia and their informal caregivers. These interventions included the Pleasant Events Program, the Exercise and Support Intervention for People with Dementia and Their Caregivers, and Occupational Therapy. Results showed that five factors influenced the dyad’s ‘fit’ for these interventions: timing, need for activity, lifestyle, apart-or-together and meaning of (lost) activity.

See: Van’t Leven N, de Lange J, Prick AE, Pot AM . How do activating interventions fit the personal needs, characteristics and preferences of people with dementia living in the community and their informal caregivers? Dementia (London). 2016 Aug 10. pii: 1471301216662378. [Epub ahead of print]