Effects of the “Happy Together” integrated cognitive behavior program on elderly people with dementia being cared for at home in rural areas

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Abstract

Introduction:

The purpose of this research was to apply the “Happy Together” integrated cognitive behavior program for elderly people with dementia who are living at home.

Methods:

This research applied the non-equivalent control group pretest–posttest design. Research participants included 46 pairs of elderly individuals and their caregivers.

Results:

The program brought about positive changes in the instrumental activities of daily living of elderly people with dementia and alleviated the burden felt by family caregivers.

Conclusions:

Both elderly people with dementia and their family caregivers will be able to benefit from the “Happy Together” program.

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