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Feasibility study FindMyApps : the perspectives of informal caregivers on an intervention developed to guide persons with dementia to useful apps

Veijer, M. (2018) Feasibility study FindMyApps : the perspectives of informal caregivers on an intervention developed to guide persons with dementia to useful apps.

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Abstract:A growing number of people are suffering from dementia, a progressive syndrome for which they need an increased level of care. The Dutch government wants them to stay at home as long as possible, with help of their informal caregivers. However, half of the informal caregivers feels burdened because of this care and this increases the possibility for them to get depressed by four times. To unburden informal caregivers, persons with dementia need self-management and have to engage in meaningful activities. Technology and especially tablet technology, has the potential to support persons with dementia in self-managing their disease and engages them in meaningful activities. Studies have shown that it is possible to teach persons with dementia to work with the tablet device with support from their informal caregivers. But applications (apps) must be carefully selected, because in the wide variety of apps, not all apps are dementia-friendly (useful for persons with dementia). Therefore, FindMyApps was developed, which consists of a Training and a Tool. The aims of this study was getting insight into the opinions of informal caregivers about FindMyApps and in the changes in feeling of competence, positive care experiences and quality of life of informal caregivers.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/75048
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