Attending an activity center: positive experiences of a group of home-dwelling persons with early-stage dementia
Language: 
English
Short Title: 
Attending an activity center
Abstract: 

BACKGROUND: In Norway, there is a focus on home-dwelling people with dementia receiving the opportunity to participate in organized meaningful activities. The aim of this study was to elucidate the experiences of home-dwelling persons with early-stage dementia who attend an activity center and participate in adapted physical and social activities delivered by nurses and volunteers. METHODS: The study adopted a qualitative approach, with individual interviews conducted among eight people diagnosed with early-stage dementia. The interview texts were analyzed using manifest and latent content analysis. RESULTS: Four categories, ie, "appreciated activities", "praised nurses and volunteers", "being more active", and "being included in a fellowship", as well as the overall theme "participation in appreciated activities and a sense of feeling included in a fellowship may have a positive influence on health and well-being" emerged in the analysis. The informants appreciated the adapted physical and social activities and expressed their enjoyment and gratitude. They found the physical activities useful, and they felt themselves to be included in a fellowship through cheerful nurses and volunteers. The nurses were able to create a good atmosphere and spread joy in the center together with the volunteers. The informants felt themselves valued as the persons they were. These findings indicated that such activities may have had a positive influence on the informants' health and well-being. CONCLUSION: In order to succeed with this kind of activity center, it is decisive that the nurses are able to tailor meaningful activities and create an environment where the persons with dementia can feel that they are respected and valued. The municipality health care service should implement such activity centers with specialist nurses in dementia care together with volunteers.

Author(s): 
Sˆderhamn, Ulrika
Aasgaard, Live
Landmark, Bj¯rg
Item Type: 
Journal Article
Publication Title: 
Clinical Interventions in Aging
Journal Abbreviation: 
Clin Interv Aging
Publication Date: 
2014
Publication Year: 
2014
Pages: 
1923-1931
Volume: 
9
ISSN: 
1178-1998
DOI: 
10.2147/CIA.S73615
Library Catalog: 
PubMed
Extra: 
PMID: 25419121 PMCID: PMC4234391

Turabian/Chicago Citation

Ulrika Sˆderhamn, Live Aasgaard and Bj¯rg Landmark. 2014. "Attending an activity center: positive experiences of a group of home-dwelling persons with early-stage dementia." Clinical Interventions in Aging 9: 1923-1931. 10.2147/CIA.S73615.

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