Simple Pleasures was developed through funding from the New York State Dementia Grants Program and is available on EDGE with permission from Linda Buettner (http://www.fgcu.edu/cfpa)
Buettner, L. & Greenstein, D. (1997). Simple Pleasures: A multi-level sensorimotor intervention for nursing home residents with dementia. (Training manual and instructions)
Buettner, L. (1998). Simple Pleasures: A multilevel sensorimotor intervention for nursing home residents with dementia. American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 1999, p41-52.
Colling, K. & Buettner, L. (2002). Simple Pleasures: interventions from the need-driven dementia compromised behavior model. Journal of Gerontological Nursing.
Simple Pleasures: A multilevel sensorimotor intervention for nursing home residents with dementia
Linda L. Buettner, PhD, CTRS
January/February 1999; pages 41-52
The Simple Pleasures research team investigated the effects of 30 handmade recreational items on the behavior of nursing home residents with dementia. The impact on family visits, staff knowledge, and volunteer involvement also was examined during the course of this study. Twenty-three items were found therapeutically valuable and acceptable for nursing home use. Family visits, use of recreational items, and satisfaction with visits significantly improved during the intervention. Residents were significantly less agitated at one nursing home and slightly less agitated at the other nursing home. More than 540 volunteers of all ages were trained and made Simple Pleasures recreational items during this project.