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Where is the happiness in dementia?

  • Stephanie Petty (a1) (a2), Tom Dening (a2), Amanda Griffiths (a2) and Donna Maria Coleston (a2)

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Our current research aims to explore how the emotional experiences of individuals with dementia are understood, and to improve the design and delivery of care interventions. A preliminary, incidental, finding from our initial systematic literature search is reported here. Increasingly, the experience of dementia is understood from the viewpoint of the individual. However, this is not reflected in the body of research literature, which is predominantly orientated towards detailing the neuropsychiatric symptoms of mood, cognition, behavior, or physiology and “managing” the condition (Cerejeira et al., 2012). In this way, the whole and varied experiences of dementia are not recognized. There is a distance between these differing perspectives of dementia in the available literature.

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Alzheimer's Society. (2015). 5 things you should know about dementia. Available at https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/site/scripts/download_info.php?fileID=1739 [Accessed 31 Mar. 2016].
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