An Integrated Dementia Intervention for Korean Older Adults


Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services




Called dotage in Korea, dementia is primarily characterized by cognitive impairments. Secondary manifestations include mental-emotional problems, including depression. This study was designed to examine the effects of an integrated dementia intervention for Korean older adults. The intervention is composed of cognitive stimulation training, exercise, music, art, and horticultural therapy. Participants included 38 older adults with mild dementia. Twenty were assigned to the experimental group and 18 to the control group. Participants in the experimental group attended 18 program sessions. Significant differences were found postintervention between the two groups in measures of cognitive function, depression levels, and mental-emotional health. The findings indicate that this integrated dementia intervention can be applied to help older adults with mild dementia.

Music and Health Institute Terms

Cognitive Abilities; Depression; Elderly; Emotional Functioning; Mental Health; Music Listening; Music Medicine; Music in Combination with Other Techniques; Neurodegenerative Disorders; Quality of Life; Recorded Music Listening; Wellness and Well-Being

Indexed Terms

Elderly; Art Therapy; Cognitive Behavioral Therapy; Combined Modality Therapy; Dementia; Exercise; Horticultural Therapy; Psychotherapy; Republic of Korea; Sensory Art Therapies

Study Type

Quantitative Methods; Quasi-Experimental Study

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