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Going back to school – an opportunity for lifelong learning for people with dementia in Denmark (Innovative practice)

Ward, A., Sorensen, K. A., Kousgaard, H., Schack Thoft, D. and Parkes, J. (2018) Going back to school – an opportunity for lifelong learning for people with dementia in Denmark (Innovative practice). Dementia. 1471-3012. (In Press)

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Abstract: The provision of lifelong learning for older people is often promoted as a way of engaging socially and maintaining cognitive function. The concept is also used with people with dementia, but is often limited to short-term programmes. Innovative practice from Denmark takes this concept further, offering people with early stage dementia the opportunity to return to school to attend classes in cognitive training, music, art and woodcraft. A pilot study conducted by the school of teaching and communication (VUK), offers evidence for the benefits of prolonged educational programmes for people with dementia in maintaining decision making, cognitive function and social interactions, with limited evidence of the impact on memory. Further evidence is required to understand the impact of a person with dementia attending school as a student and to understand if this concept is transferrable to a different cultural setting.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Dementia, education, cognitive stimulation therapy, lifelong learning
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC435 Psychiatry > RC512 Psychopathology. Mental disorders > RC521 Dementia
Creators: Ward, Alison, Sorensen, Kim Alberg, Kousgaard, Helle, Schack Thoft, Diana and Parkes, Jackie
Publisher: SAGE
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > Research Centre > Institute of Health and Wellbeing
Research Centres > Centre for Health Sciences and Services
Date: 11 March 2018
Date Type: Published Online
Journal or Publication Title: Dementia
Language: English
ISSN: 1471-3012
Status: In Press
Refereed: Yes
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