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Seeking meaning: Making art and the experience of spirituality in dementia care

Byrne, Libby (2012) Seeking meaning: Making art and the experience of spirituality in dementia care. Journal of religion, spirituality & aging, 24 (1). pp. 105-119. ISSN 1552-8049

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Abstract

How do people find meaning in the experience of dementia? Can people living with dementia be supported in meaningful activities that may alleviate depression and increase their sense of well-being? Many programs are offered for people in residential aged care, but little is known about the effectiveness of these programs. This article reports on the qualitative component of a study engaging 15 older adults with dementia and depression in a program of person-centered art making. The weekly facilitated study groups met over an 18-month period, with a three-month follow up. The importance of engagement in the process of art making is emphasised.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Metadata Only
Keywords (separated by commas): Art making, spiritual dimension, dementia, depression
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subject Area(s): D - Spirituality and Spiritual Direction
Association with University of Divinity: Whitley College
Depositing User: Dr Suman Kashyap
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2017 16:01
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2017 16:01
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2456

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