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Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.)


Public Policy and Administration


Gerald Regier


The purpose of this qualitative professional administrative study was to explore anddevelop a new innovative method of treatment for dementia clients using reminiscence therapy (RT) in a proposed 24-hour care village in Tucson, Arizona. In this proposed 24- hour care village, patients would remain in an environment conducive to a safe and normal lifestyle. This administrative study is a qualitative study using grounded theory and sources of evidence included current research, personal interviews, and articles. Data were collected from interviews with 10 administrators of memory care facilities in Tucson, Arizona, to determine if existing administrative staff were aware of RT and to determine administrative staff’s opinions on RT’s impact on patient care. Results showed the most used types of therapies at the facilities were physical therapy and occupational therapy. RT had been used by 50% of the facilities in some raw form, but was not called RT. Ninety percent of administrators were open to new approaches if they were evidence based approaches. The findings of this study support the introduction of a 24-hour care facility using RT as its main therapy with 90% of the participants supporting the method if introduced in the Tucson, Arizona, area. The positive social change for Tucson could be that Tucson would be on the cutting edge of this new and innovative method and could be a pioneer in the field. An immersion of reminiscence therapy would be beneficial to the recipients of it for their health and well-being as well as bring more jobs to the community of Tucson. This PAS was completed for a client organization and the deliverable policy memo (see Appendix B) was provided to them.