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Your own life magazine : a reminiscence intervention for personalized care for older persons

Braak, T. ter (2021) Your own life magazine : a reminiscence intervention for personalized care for older persons.

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Abstract:Background: As dementia is a progressive disease and not possible to treat, much of the care is focused on maintaining well-being. Interventions using reminiscence are often used to evoke memories and improve well-being. The Dutch voluntary organisation Humanitas developed an intervention where older adults are interviewed about their past life, resulting in a printed life story magazine about their lives. The aim of this study is to evaluate the process and perceived effectiveness of the intervention for persons with dementia. Methods: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with twenty participants. The participants were persons for whom the magazine was created, informal caregivers, volunteers, formal caregivers, and professionals. A conventional content analysis was performed on the answers to the semi-structured interviews. Results: The perceived effectiveness of the life story magazine is reported as that it serves as a legacy and as a means that enhances conversation and interaction, enhances recollection of memories, and personalises care. The current implementation was facilitated by the communication, whilst barriers were the amount of information, the amount of time it took to digitalise photographs, and figuring out how to work with the program to create the life story magazine. For future implementation, participants saw possibilities to involve all stakeholders in the process of creating the magazine, to include the magazine in the procedure when a patient is admitted in a nursing home, and to offer to read the magazine as an activity. Conclusion: This study provides insight into the implementation of a life story magazine for older individuals and its effectiveness for all stakeholders. The findings demonstrate that the life story magazine provides perceived favourable benefits and can contribute to person-centred care.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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