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Background In future, as the population ages, the number of people in our communities suffering with dementia will rise dramatically. This will not only affect the quality of life of people with dementia but also increase the burden on family caregivers, community care, and residential care...
Affirming the value of the resident assessment instrument: Minimum data set version 2.0 for nursing home decision-making and quality improvementDownload
Background: We examined the agreement over time of the physical functioning domains of the Resident Assessment Instrument: Minimum Data Set Version 2.0 (RAI-MDS) and the Functional Independence Measure (FIM) in nursing home residents with dementia. Methods: We completed a secondary analysis of...
The journey with dementia from the perspective of bereaved family caregivers: a qualitative descriptive studyDownload
Background: With increasing rates of dementia among older adults, many people will be affected by this disease; either by having the disease or by caring for a relative with dementia. Due to a shift toward home and community-based care there will be an increase in the number of family caregivers...
Abstract Although only 20-50% of individuals with dementia are diagnosed, early diagnosis enables patients and families to access interventions and services, and plan for the future. The current study explored the experiences of rural family caregivers in the period leading up to a diagnostic...
Background: The prevalence of dementia, a progressive and incurable condition that affects memory and daily function, is increasing worldwide. The perspective of people with dementia can be captured to better understand which factors impact quality of life for this particular population. Such...
The present research examined social motivation in dementia within the theoretical framework of socioemotional selectivity theory (SST; Carstensen, 2006). SST is a lifespan theory of social motivation that argues goal selection and pursuit are inextricably related to perceived time remaining in...
This study examined the protective and vulnerability factors operating in the lives of individuals with dementia and their care partners. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with two participants with dementia and five care partner participants. Screening measures were also completed with...
Must Love Dogs: Literature Review and Manual for Animal Assisted Therapy in Speech-Language Pathology (Dementia)Download
Introduction: Dementia is a general term for a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life. Individuals with dementia often end up in long term care facilities with behavioural and psychological symptoms and communication disorders. Animal-assisted therapy (AAT) is being...