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Conversations during mealtimes in long-term care: A case study of verbal and non-verbal communication in dementia

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  • Individuals with dementia who live in long-term care facilities often lack opportunities for social interaction. Mealtimes provide such an opportunity, yet there are few studies of the nature of communication during mealtimes. The purpose of this 900 project was to examine verbal and non-verbal communication behaviours of one individual with Alzheimer’s disease during mealtimes in a long-term care facility. Methods and Analysis: We observed 18 videotaped mealtime sessions of an 84-year-old man with dementia and analyzed verbal and non-verbal communication using existing frameworks adapted for our study. We analyzed our data descriptively, using frequency counts. The results of this study may contribute to the knowledge base on communication of individuals with moderate-severe dementia in long term care settings. Also, we make information available on the process of establishing and testing a framework for classifying nonverbal communication behaviours, which fills a gap in the literature.

  • Date created
    2012-06-11
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  • Type of Item
    Report
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R34T6F654
  • License
    Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 International