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Improving the social health of community-dwelling older people living with dementia through a reablement program

  • Yun-Hee Jeon (a1), Lindy Clemson (a2), Sharon L. Naismith (a3), Loren Mowszowski (a3), Niki McDonagh (a1), Margaret Mackenzie (a1), Caitlin Dawes (a4), Luisa Krein (a1) and Sarah L. Szanton (a5)...


Psychological, neurological, and social impairments caused by dementia may limit the person's everyday living and experiences, but their capacity to enjoy a meaningful life is still retained. Increasingly, evidence has been shown the importance of reablement approaches to care in maximizing the older person's independence, health, and well-being through increased engagement in their daily, physical, social, and community activities. However, there is a major knowledge gap in providing reablement for people living with dementia. We describe one case of a client with moderate dementia and her daughter carer who participated as a dyad in a person centered, interdisciplinary, and reablement program called I-HARP (Interdisciplinary home-based reablement program). I-HARP is designed to improve functional capacity of those community dwelling, older people living with dementia, and other health conditions. In this paper, we discussed key contributions that such a reablement approach to care can make to optimizing the social health of people living with dementia.


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Correspondence should be addressed to: Yun-Hee Jeon, Professor, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, The University of Sydney, 88 Mallett Street, Building M02, Camperdown, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Phone: +61-2-93510674; Fax: +61-2-9351 0679. Email:


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