Author

Dinah Hudson

Date Approved

2015

Date Posted

4-30-2015

Degree Type

Open Access Senior Honors Thesis

Department

Psychology

Abstract

The aim of this research is to provide a resource on current available data regarding methods used for enhancing or preserving motor learning in those with Alzheimer's dementia (AD). A decline in motor skill learning is associated with increased morbidity in the AD population. The implementation of interventions such as multisensory environments (MSE), physiotherapy, and physical activity may prove beneficial in stalling the inevitable degeneration of motor skills in this population. These interventions then may indirectly increase levels of activities of daily living, autonomy, and the quality of life of AD patients. The importance of familiarizing individuals with this knowledge relies on the possibility that many people could benefit from awareness of approaches that aid and preserve the learning process in those with AD and other types of dementia.

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