Resilience in dementia: Perspectives of those living with dementia

  • Author / Creator
    Schmidt, Tawnya D
  • This study examined the concept of resilience and factors associated with it from the perspective of individuals living with dementia. Resilience is a process through which individuals demonstrate positive adaptation despite exposure to adverse life events, such as a diagnosis of dementia. How individuals with dementia describe resilience and the factors they identify as contributing to or interfering with resilience were determined using semi-structured interviews. Measures of quality of life and wellness provided additional information about the concept of resilience. The study identified three major factors associated with resilience: ‘active and purposeful living’, ‘perspective’, and ‘resources.’ Resilience is anticipated to be clinically useful as a means of identifying areas of strength and weakness for individuals living with dementia in order to guide intervention efforts to support more resilient outcomes. This study provides an initial basis of identifying these clinically relevant factors that promote or impede resilience in this population.

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    Spring 2014
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  • Degree
    Master of Science
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