HOFFMANN METHOD THERAPEUTIC INTERVENTION IN ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE
HOFFMANN METHOD THERAPEUTIC INTERVENTION IN ALZHEIMER’S DISEASECatalina Hoffmann Muñoz-Seca (Creator of the Hoffmann Method and Founder of Vitalia Day Centers), Laura Martín Vivas (Occupational Therapist Vitalia Day Centers), María Teresa Salinas de Ugarte (Psychologist Vitalia Day Centers) and Inés Solanas Carcases (Neuropsychologist Vitalia Day Centers Ferraz). Working methodology specializing in the elderly, treating on the multidisciplinary level, embracing physical, cognitive, affective and social aspects. GENERAL OBJECTIVES 1. To rehabilitate through activity 2. To check and reduce the degree of dependence 3. To improve the quality of life among the elderly or the young affected by AD and their families or caregivers. Initial assessment and quarterly follow-up by multidisciplinary team “Family School” tra- The Personal ining groups to com- HOFFMANN treatment plan plement therapy METHOD Registered as a Scientiﬁc Work in the Short, medium and Monthly reports Intellectual Property long term objectives Follow-up Register Implementation of treatment RESULTS The results of using the Hoffmann Method in persons affected by AD can be seen in the example shown below. ITEM DE ESCRITURA LIBRE DEL MEC During the first year, increased MMSE, which remains stable until a health problem causes it to fall sharply. After getting over the health problem, patients gradually recover lost abilities. Independence retained Independence retained over over years in the basic ADL. years in the instrumental ADL. CONCLUSIONS Non-pharmacological treatment in AD using the Hoffmann Method means: To defer institutionalization. To continue living in regular environment (family, home, neighborhood, friends). To retain abilities and social relations. To delay the appearance of behavioral disorders.