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A Psychometric Evaluation of the Pleasant Events Schedule-Alzheimer's Disease (Short Version): Among a Veteran Population.

Amspoker AB, Hersch G, Snow AL, Wilson N, Morgan RO, Sansgiry S, Kunik ME. A Psychometric Evaluation of the Pleasant Events Schedule-Alzheimer's Disease (Short Version): Among a Veteran Population. Journal of applied gerontology : the official journal of the Southern Gerontological Society. 2019 May 1; 38(5):673-693.

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Alzheimer's disease and other dementias are often associated with a gradual loss of the ability to participate in rewarding activities. Caregivers may struggle with spending quality time with the person with dementia (PWD) when the demands of caregiving dominate. However, the importance of activity participation among PWDs is internationally recognized. The Pleasant Events Schedule-Alzheimer's Disease (PES-AD) Short Form measures frequency of engagement in pleasant events. It has been used to assess overall frequency of engagement in 20 activities. The current study involves a psychometric evaluation of the PES-AD Short Form and reveals two separate activity domains: active and social events, each with preliminary evidence of reliability and construct validity. Furthermore, the frequency with which the PWD enjoys social and active events are not uniformly related to PWD and caregiver characteristics and well-being, which has measure- and practice-focused implications that should be considered when engaging PWDs.

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