Practical implications of Procedural and Emotional Religion Activity Therapy for nursing.

Academic Article


  • Procedural and Emotional Religious Activity Therapy encapsulates an approach to engaging older adults with Alzheimer's disease in meaningful activities that can be performed within the parameters of their cognitive functioning. Alzheimer's disease disrupts some brain structures more than others, resulting in a disproportionate loss of certain cognitive abilities. Explicit (conscious) memory skills are disrupted first, followed by implicit (unconscious) memory skills, and lastly emotional memory. Activities relying more on implicit and emotional memory, such as specially selected religious activities, are more likely to be used by patients. Steps and caveats of using this approach are provided.
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  • Aged, Alzheimer Disease, Disease Progression, Emotions, Humans, Nursing Assessment, Religion and Medicine, Spiritual Therapies
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    Author List

  • Vance DE; Eaves YD; Keltner NL; Struzick TS
  • Start Page

  • 22
  • End Page

  • 29
  • Volume

  • 36
  • Issue

  • 8