LifeZig Personalized Reminiscence Video With Slideshows and Music for Individuals With Alzheimer's and Dementia (Lifezig)
The LifeZig Project is a research study of a new reminiscence activity for individuals with Alzheimer's Disease (AD) and other types of dementia, based on the LifeZig system, with personalized video channels containing old photographs and music on television.
The goal of the LifeZig study is to enhance the quality of life for dementia patients and their families/caregivers, decrease the burden of care, and contribute to positive interaction between dementia patients and families/caregivers.
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
|Official Title:||LifeZig System for Individuals With Alzheimer's Disease|
- Multidimensional Observation Scale for Elderly Subject [ Time Frame: 6 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]This scale reflects the overall well-being of dementia patients. The construct being assessed is the quality of life of dementia patients, related to patient functioning, disoriented behavior, depression/anxiety, irritable behavior, and withdrawn behavior, consisting of 32 items, divided in four sub-scales: "Personal Care", "Communication, Awareness & Memory", "Mood", and "Interpersonal Awareness Behaviors". The overall score provides an indication of the overall perceived well-being of the dementia patient. Best value = 32. Worst Value = 144.
- Revised Memory and Behavior Problems Checklist [ Time Frame: 6 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]This scale measures the type/number of dementia patients disturbing behaviors, and how much they bother caregivers with 24 items describing possible troublesome behaviors that the patient might evidence in the past month. Caregivers are first asked whether the dementia patient had displayed any of these in the time period, and secondly to rate on a 5-point scale (0=not at all; 4= extremely) how much this "bothered or upset" them. A "conditional bother" score is calculated which is the "upset" or "bother" ratings for only the problematic behavior that occurred. Best value = 0. Worst Value = 96.
- Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale [ Time Frame: 6 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]The Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression scale (CES-D) is a 20-item measure that asks about the frequency of depressive symptoms (affective, psychological, and somatic) within the past week. The construct being assessed is the caregiver depression. Best value = 0. Worst Value = 60.
|Study Start Date:||August 2006|
|Study Completion Date:||April 2009|
|Primary Completion Date:||April 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Subjects watch personalized reminiscence video channels developed by program staff with the help of family members/caregivers (using the LifeZig system)
Personalized Reminiscence Video
Other Name: LifeZig Personalized Reminiscence Slideshow
No Intervention: Usual Care
Subjects follow routine activities applied by nurses or caregivers, such as traditional reminiscence, crafts, singing, recreational activities, and other activities.
This program creates personalized TV channels with old photographs of AD patients, music, narration and relaxing sounds; as an activity to relax dementia patients.