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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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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: 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
Subjects: D - Spirituality and Spiritual Direction
College/Association with University of Divinity: Whitley College
Depositing User: Mr Mark Carey
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2017 06:01
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2017 03:53
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2625

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