Cognitive Impairment, Wayfinding, and the Long-Term Care Environment Research has shown that the environment affects cognition and communication, and that modifications appear to improve functioning in individuals with dementia. Unfortunately, poorly designed environmental features often contribute to unsatisfactory responses or behaviors in individuals with cognitive impairment. This article will discuss the impact of the environment on orientation and ... Article
Article  |   December 01, 2008
Cognitive Impairment, Wayfinding, and the Long-Term Care Environment
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Jennifer A. Brush
    IDEAS Institute, Kirtland, OH
  • Margaret P. Calkins
    I.D.E.A.S., Inc, Kirtland, OH
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Special Populations / Older Adults & Aging / Attention, Memory & Executive Functions / Articles
Article   |   December 01, 2008
Cognitive Impairment, Wayfinding, and the Long-Term Care Environment
SIG 15 Perspectives on Gerontology, December 2008, Vol. 13, 65-73. doi:10.1044/gero13.2.65
SIG 15 Perspectives on Gerontology, December 2008, Vol. 13, 65-73. doi:10.1044/gero13.2.65
Abstract

Research has shown that the environment affects cognition and communication, and that modifications appear to improve functioning in individuals with dementia. Unfortunately, poorly designed environmental features often contribute to unsatisfactory responses or behaviors in individuals with cognitive impairment. This article will discuss the impact of the environment on orientation and wayfinding and provide some suggestions for effective modification in long-term care facilities.

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