Investigating the Effectiveness of Ecotherapy on Insomnia and Agitation in Alzheimer's Patients

Document Type : Research Paper


1 Department of Psychology, Kish International Branch, Islamic Azad University, Kish Island, Iran

2 Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Roudehen Branch, Islamic Azad University, Roudehen, Iran.

3 Department of Psychology, Karaj Branch, Islamic Azad University, Karaj, Iran.

4 Associate Professor of Gerontology, Research Center on Aging, University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences, Tehran, Iran


Introduction: Alzheimer's disease is one of the most common progressive and progressive diseases of brain cells, which is associated with psychological damage such as insomnia and Agitation. The aim of this study was to determine the effectiveness of Ecotherapy on insomnia and Agitation in patients with Alzheimer's disease.
Method: The research method was semi-experimental with pre-test-post-test design with control group. From the statistical population of patients with Alzheimer's disease in mild to moderate levels referred to clinics and Alzheimer's Association of Tehran province, 20 people were selected and randomly assigned to two experimental and control groups. The research questionnaires included Morin's insomnia (1993) and Cohen-Mansfield's Agitation (1986). Ecotherapy was administered to the experimental group for ten sessions. The research data were analyzed using covariance.
Results: The results of covariance analysis showed that post-test scores of insomnia and Agitation of patients with Alzheimer's in the experimental group were significantly lower than the control group (P≤0 / 005).
Conclusion: In order to improve the insomnia and Agitation of patients with Alzheimer's disease, nature and its treatment techniques can be used.