What is the most effective NON-pharmacologic treatment of anxiety symptoms in the institutionalized elderly patient?
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Behavioral interventions such as cognitive-behavioral therapy have been demonstrated effective in reducing anxiety symptoms in older populations. (SOR A, based on a meta-analysis.) Also, a chair-based exercise program has been found modestly effective at reducing anxiety symptoms in institutionalized patients with dementia. (SOR B, based on outcomes research.)
Evidence Based Practice 13(5): 09.