Apathy in persons living in nursing homes: moving forward. Consequences, identification and management

J.M.H. Nijsten

Research output: ThesisDoctoral ThesisThesis 4: defended at external organisation, OU (co-)supervisor, external graduate


About half of nursing home residents in the Netherlands have apathy, which manifests itself in reduced initiative, interest and emotions. Unfortunately, little attention is paid to apathy and it’s rarely treated specifically. This dissertation shows that apathy has negative consequences for quality of life and the risk of death. Recognizing and dealing with apathy is difficult for loved ones and caregivers. 'Shared Action for Breaking trhough Apathy' (SABA) consists of materials and a practical working method. These can help relatives and care workers to notice, investigate and interrupt apathy in people with dementia in a nursing home. By recognizing and interrupting apathy specifically, we can contribute to the quality of life of someone who lives in a nursing home. These 'moments of success' have a stimulating effect on both relatives and care workers, and together they can take steps to improve the care for people with apathy in the nursing home.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Radboud University Medical Center
  • Gerritsen, Debby, Supervisor, External person
  • Koopmans, Raymond, Supervisor, External person
  • Smalbrugge, Martin, Supervisor, External person
  • Leontjevas, Roeslan, Co-supervisor
Award date26 Mar 2024
Print ISBNs9789464697407
Publication statusPublished - 26 Mar 2024
Externally publishedYes


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