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Dr. Sandy C. Burgener

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FAAN, Associate Professor Emerita

Email: s***@***.edu
University of Illinois
1101 West Peabody Drive
Urbana , Illinois 61801
United States

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  • Ph.D.
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"Most of the research on dementia ..., 4 Dec 2008 [cached]
"Most of the research on dementia and most of the dollars up until this point have gone into pharmacological interventions," said Sandy Burgener, a professor of nursing at the University of Illinois and lead author on the study.
Researchers are discovering that multi-discliplinary approaches - those that address patients' physical, mental and psychological dimensions - show the most promise in treating people with dementia, Burgener said.
Earlier studies have shown that such programs can work as well as anti-dementia drugs, Burgener said.
There were also positive cognitive and psychological effects, Burgener said.
"We saw gains in self-esteem in the treatment group and pretty severe declines in self-esteem in the comparison group," she said. "Those in the treatment group also had sustained and slightly improved mental status scores, which meant we were impacting cognitive function."
Both groups saw increases in depression, Burgener said, but the increase for those in the treatment group was a fraction of that seen in the comparison group.
No additional benefits were seen after 40 weeks, but participants were able to maintain their initial gains.
The intervention was quite popular with the study subjects and their caregivers.
Although designed (and funded) to include only 10 participants and 10 people in the comparison group, Burgener and her colleagues enrolled 46 people in the program, with those in the comparison group starting the intervention after 20 weeks.
"People drove from all over to be in this study because there's nothing like this available for them anywhere else," Burgener said.
"The clinical findings, from my perspective, go far beyond the statistical findings," Burgener said.
A score of 24 or below is suggestive of dementia, Burgener said. This man stayed with the group and was recently re-tested. His score was still 26.
"That's never going to show up as a statistical finding but that case example is pretty profound," she said.
Burgener is an advocate for further research into non-pharmacological interventions for people with dementia, which she sees as co-therapies to the drugs that are given to many people when they are first diagnosed.
Editor's notes: To reach Sandy Burgener, call 217-333-3083; e-mail:
News, 24 May 2001 [cached]
"Predictors and Management of Depression in Person in Early to Middle Stages of Dementia," was presented by Sandra Burgener, Ph.D., RNC and Prudence Twigg, MSN, RNC.
Burgener is an associate professor at the University of Illinois College of Nursing in Urbana, Il.
Sandy Burgener, PhD, ..., 30 Sept 2008 [cached]
Sandy Burgener, PhD, APRN-BC, FAAN Gerontological Nurse Practitioner, University of Illinois College of Nursing
Care in the Community, 11 Feb 2001 [cached]
"Community healthcare is becoming an important way to make healthcare accessible to the elderly," says Sandy C. Burgener, Ph.D., R.N.C., a co-director of the Shalom Healthcare Centers in Indianapolis.
Burgener adds, "We haven't really addressed the dynamics of aging in nursing curriculum.
Sandy Burgener, PhD, RN, ..., 1 Feb 2014 [cached]
Sandy Burgener, PhD, RN, FAAN, Associate Professor Emerita, University of Illinois Did you know a wide range of therapies, other than medications, have been studied and found to be beneficial for persons with memory loss, even those with more advanced disease? Dr. Burgener will briefly describe these therapies within this program, including the stage of memory loss for which they are most appropriate.
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