Influences of Physical Environmental Cues on People With Dementia: A Scoping Review | Academic Article individual record
abstract

Physical environmental cues can provide important support to people with dementia (PwD). Compared to interventions involving construction, some cues can be achieved more easily, with less expense, and with fewer disruptions to PwDs daily lives. This review aims to examine existing empirical evidence about the impacts of cues on PwDs behaviors. We adopted the PRISMA scoping review approach and identified 32 articles. The results show visual cues have been frequently studied. The signage facilitates PwDs wayfinding. Concealed doors (e.g., concealing doorknobs) effectively prevent exit attempts. PwD also eat better with tableware of higher-contrasting colors or good lighting conditions. Clearer toilet signage results in better continence. Applying cues properly contributes to improving PwDs well-being and decreasing the burden for caregivers. However, knowledge gaps still exist in the impacts of other sensory cues (e.g., tactile, olfactory, and auditory), which require further research.

authors
publication outlet

Journal of Applied Gerontology

author list (cited authors)
Wang, W., & Lu, Z.
publication date
2022
publisher
keywords
  • Cues
  • Dementia
  • Acquired Cognitive Impairment
  • Neurosciences
  • Brain Disorders
  • Behavioral And Social Science
  • Caregivers
  • Humans
identifier
631815SE
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
start page
1209
end page
1221
volume
41
issue
4