The Peaceful Mind Manual

Amber L. Paukert, Cynthia Kraus-Schuman, Nancy Wilson, A. Lynn Snow, Jessica Calleo, Mark E. Kunik, Melinda A. Stanley
2013 Behavior Modification  
Anxiety disorders are highly prevalent among individuals with dementia and have a significant negative impact on their lives. Peaceful Mind is a form of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for anxiety in persons with dementia. The Peaceful Mind manual was developed, piloted and modified over 2 years. In an open trial and a small randomized, controlled trial, it decreased anxiety and caregiver distress. The treatment meets the unique needs of individuals with dementia by emphasizing behavioral rather
more » ... an cognitive interventions, slowing the pace, limiting the material to be learned, increasing repetition and practice, using cues to stimulate memory, including a friend or family member in treatment as a coach, and providing sessions in the home. The manual presented here includes modules that teach specific skills, including awareness, breathing, calming self-statements, increasing activity, and sleep management, as well as general suggestions for treatment delivery.
doi:10.1177/0145445513477420 pmid:23447103 pmcid:PMC3872091 fatcat:aur2q77k3vee5fu6il3vwh56ky