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Medical News & Perspectives
June 17, 2009

Therapeutic Environmental Design Aims to Help Patients With Alzheimer Disease

JAMA. 2009;301(23):2430. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.809

By the time Alzheimer disease (AD) has reached its end stage, the brain is riddled with plaques, tangles, cavities, and fissures and has lost a substantial percentage of its weight. However, most people living with AD are not yet at this stage and still have a good portion of working neurons with which they can learn, be creative, and enjoy life, said John Zeisel, PhD, a sociologist who focuses on the therapeutic effects of residential environment design among patients with the disorder (Zeisel J et al. Gerontologist. 2003;43[5]:697-711).