An adapted mindfulness intervention for people with dementia in care homes: feasibility pilot study

Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2017 Dec;32(12):e123-e131. doi: 10.1002/gps.4669. Epub 2017 Feb 7.


Objective: Depression and anxiety are common in dementia. There is a need to develop effective psychosocial interventions. This study sought to develop a group-based adapted mindfulness programme for people with mild to moderate dementia in care homes and to determine its feasibility and potential benefits.

Methods: A manual for a 10-session intervention was developed. Participants were randomly allocated to the intervention plus treatment as usual (n = 20) or treatment as usual (n = 11). Measures of mood, anxiety, quality of life, cognitive function, stress and mindfulness were administered at baseline and 1 week post-intervention.

Results: There was a significant improvement in quality of life in the intervention group compared to controls (p = 0.05). There were no significant changes in other outcomes.

Conclusions: The intervention was feasible in terms of recruitment, retention, attrition and acceptability and was associated with significant positive changes in quality of life. A fully powered randomised controlled trial is required. Copyright © 2017 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Keywords: care home; dementia; group; mindfulness; psychosocial Intervention.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Anxiety Disorders / therapy*
  • Cognition
  • Dementia / psychology
  • Dementia / therapy*
  • Depressive Disorder / therapy*
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Mindfulness*
  • Pilot Projects
  • Quality of Life
  • Stress, Psychological