Therapeutic effect of cooking activity in female patients with dementia Nobuo Ohshima 1 , Tonami Shindo 2 , Ikuyo Kawabe 2 , Chiyako Inaniwa 2 , Takashi Yamada 3 1Department of Rehabilitation, Akita University Hospital 2KyuKoKai Imamura Hospital 3Department of Occupational Therapy, College of Allied Medical Science, Akita University Keyword: 痴呆老人 , (調理活動) , (自己実現) , Patients with demantia , Cooking activity , Self-actualization pp.201-208
Published Date 1997/6/15
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 Life-associated skills performed over a long period are maintained relatively well even in patients with dementia accompained by encoding and memory disorder. In this study, we examined cooking as a therapeutic activity in 14 female patients with Alzheimer's dementia, and evaluated their intellectual capacity, daily living skills and the usefulness of therapeutic cooking activities. After therapeutic cooking activities were initiated, there was no improvement in intellectual capacity. However, there were emotional improvements including initiative and enhanced interest or volition. Behavioral changes in daily living were noted. During cooking activity, patients may have re-established a previous working image based on skilled exercise capacity and the experience of cognitive operation, feeding a realistic working experience back to the consciousness level. Retrieval of a working image may have intensified self-assessment in subjects with a social background as housewifes, establishing the sense of "self-actualization" represented by role concepts and feelings of ability.

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