The Benefits of a Person-Centered Social Program for Community-Dwelling People with Dementia: Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis

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  • This qualitative study aimed to explore the experience and impact of a person-centered social program for community-dwelling people in earlier stages of dementia. Semi-structured interviews with five people with dementia and their spouses were conducted seven to eight months after the program ended to assess persistence of the program’s impact on people with dementia. An interview with each person with dementia went deeper and further, based on each person’s salient experiences, having personally significant meaning and emotion. The present study used interpretative phenomenological analysis to support in-depth analysis of a small number of cases. Three main themes emerged for persons with dementia: (1) Participation in activities supporting self-identity; (2) The value of newly established intergenerational relationships; and (3) Empowerment (choice and control) and the student partner’s attitude. These findings fill a gap in the literature, by demonstrating how a person-centered social program was experienced by and benefited community-dwelling people with dementia.
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  • Han A; Radel J
  • Start Page

  • 47
  • End Page

  • 71
  • Volume

  • 41
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  • 1