The Effect of Lavender Aromatherapy on Cognitive Function,
Emotion, and Aggressive Behavior of Elderly with Demenita
1) Professor, Department of Nursing, Kongju National
Purpose: This study was to develop an aromatherapy hand
massage program, and to evaluate the effects of lavender
aromatherapy on cognitive function, emotion, and aggressive
behavior of elderly with dementia of the Alzheimer's type.
Method: The Research design was a nonequivalent control
group non-synchronized quasiexperimental study. Lavender
aromatherapy was administrated to experimental groupⅠ for 2
weeks, jojoba oil massage was administrated to experimental
groupⅡ for 2 weeks, and no treatment was administrated to
the control group for 2 weeks. Data was analyzed using the χ2-
test, ANOVA, repeated measures of ANCOVA and ANCOVA in
the SPSS program package. Result: 1. Experimental group Ⅰ
did not show significant differences in cognitive function in
relation to the experimental groupⅡ and control group. 2.
Experimental group Ⅰ showed significant differences in
emotion and aggressive behavior in relation to the
experimental groupⅡ and control group. Conclusion: A
Lavender aromatherapy hand massage program is effective on
emotions and aggressive behavior of elderly with dementia of
the Alzheimer's type.
Key words : Dementia, Cognition, Emotions, Aggressive