The Healthy Patterns Study

The Healthy Patterns Study

The Healthy Patterns Study intervention is a home-based activity intervention designed to improve symptoms of circadian rhythm disorders (CRD) and quality of life (QOL) in home-dwelling persons with dementia. We will use a randomized two-group parallel design of 200 people with dementia and their caregivers assigned to intervention or attention control groups.

No pharmaceutical medication involved
Patients and healthy individuals accepted

Behavioral - Attention-Control Condition

This condition will contain no active elements beyond its nonspecific components, and no theoretical basis to support an effect on CRDs. The attention-control group will also involve 4 in-home visits and 4 brief telephone education sessions. The attention control group will receive printed educational and training materials from the Alzheimer's Association and the NIH on home modification, health promotion, talking to your doctor, and advanced care planning that coincide with session content.

Behavioral - Timed Activity Intervention

The timed activity group will involve 4 in-home visits and 4 brief telephone education sessions provided over 4 weeks. The timed activity intervention provides activities delivered at specific times in the daily cycle. The in-home sessions are spaced weekly so that the participants can have the opportunity to practice the activity with the interventionist and then on their own. During each session, the interventionist will reinforce activity use, review problem-solving approaches, and provide ed more on

The Role of Palliative Care Interventions to Reduce Circadian Rhythm Disorders in Persons With Dementia: The Healthy Patterns Study