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stimulation

 [stim″u-la´shun]
the act or process of stimulating; the condition of being stimulated; see also promotion and enhancement.
cognitive stimulation in the nursing interventions classification, a nursing intervention defined as promotion of awareness and comprehension of surroundings by utilization of planned stimuli.
cutaneous stimulation in the nursing interventions classification, a nursing intervention defined as stimulation of the skin and underlying tissues for the purpose of decreasing undesirable signs and symptoms such as pain, muscle spasm, or inflammation.
deep brain stimulation (DBS) patient-controlled, continuous, high-frequency electrical stimulation of a specific area of the brain by means of an implanted electrode, which is controlled by a battery implanted just below the clavicle. The electrical signals block those signals from the brain causing tremors and some other related problems such as occur in Parkinson's disease, essential tremor, and dystonia.
stimulation/nurturance in the omaha system, activities that promote healthy physical and emotional development.
transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (transcutaneous neural stimulation) see transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation.

cognitive stimulation

a nursing intervention from the Nursing Interventions Classification (NIC) defined as promotion of awareness and comprehension of surroundings by utilization of planned stimuli. See also Nursing Interventions Classification.

cognitive stimulation

A treatment for patients with mild dementia, in which patients are exposed to and tasked with mentally challenging exercises to improve their ability to think and interact effectively with their environment and with other people. It is used as an adjunct to medical therapy, often in a recreational setting, to make the activity fun and socially engaging. Synonym: psychostimulation
See also: stimulation
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The aim of this study was to analyze the effectiveness of an intervention program aiming at improving quality of life through cognitive stimulation, physical, and group crafts activities in a group of community-dwelling older adults living in a rural context.
It should be noted that heterogeneous groups of older adults with subjective memory complaints can contain these three subgroups combined, which at first may seem like only one thing, all complain of memory only, including the group complaining of humor that cannot report or express subjective problems when seeking the cognitive stimulation workshops; it is only detected in a detailed interview with individual conduction of tests and scale.
To evaluate the behavior of the caregiver six categories are used: sensitivity, cognitive stimulation, positive affectivity, negative affectivity, disengagement and intrusiveness.
Newcastle-based Dementia Care is the first dementia specialist in the North to incorporate cognitive stimulation therapy into the care packages it offers.
Participation in discussion groups and cognitive stimulation therapy for patients with Alzheimer's disease (37) might have some value.
Early cognitive stimulation appears to predict the thickness of parts of the human cortex in adolescence, and experiences at age four appear to have a greater impact than those at age eight, suggests researcher Martha Farah, PhD.
Although previous epidemiologic studies also have demonstrated a link between cognitive stimulation throughout life and a reduced risk of cognitive decline and Alzheimer's disease, these findings "suggest a novel mechanism in which increased cognitive activity may play a direct role in reducing A-beta before disease onset," the investigators wrote.
This study used the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study-Birth Cohort (N = 8,400) and found that at 24 months, the positive association between fathers' cognitive stimulation and child cognition was significantly stronger for children living in single mother households at 9 and 24 months than for children in two parent households.
8) (11) Growing evidence suggests physicians should encourage patients to lead an active and socially integrated lifestyle that includes leisure activities, cognitive stimulation, meditation, a balanced diet, and daily exercise.
The most striking findings in this review are those related to the positive effects of cognitive stimulation on performance in cognitive tests," said Prof Woods.
Although previous epidemiologic studies have also demonstrated a link between cognitive stimulation throughout life and a reduced risk of cognitive decline and Alzheimer's disease, these findings "suggest a novel mechanism in which increased cognitive activity may play a direct role in reducing A-beta before disease onset," they wrote.

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