Date Approved


Date Posted


Degree Type

Open Access Senior Honors Thesis

Department or School

Social Work

First Advisor

Elizabeth Schuster

Second Advisor

Yvette Colón


When working in a residential facility it is difficult for staff to take the time to really get to know whom they are helping due to time constraints. This study conducted a pre and post test to determine the impact that a Memory Box Activity has on staff attitudes about the residents. The Memory Box is a box put together by residents (with staff help) that includes items that have meaning to them. The presumption was that by participating in this activity with the residents the staff attitudes would be positively impacted. This study was conducted at two local long-term care facilities. The goal of this project was to assess whether knowledge of a dementia patient's life and likes and dislikes affects staff attitudes and therefore quality of care provided by staff.

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