Living With Dementia

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The study will look at how the field of dementia arts is broadening to include the needs of the carer as well as the person living with dementia. It will use arts events to answer questions such as: Are you able to access appropriate help and support to enjoy cultural activities? What types of stimulating recreational activities do you have access to? How has the caregiving role affected your relationship? Data collection Once the research group has been established they will select the activities they wish to explore based on a programme of activities organised by The Alzheimer’s society, Merseyside Dance Initiative, Fact, Tate Liverpool, The Royal Court Theatre and other cultural organisations in Liverpool as deemed suitable by the research group. Using a participatory cultural probe…show more content…
Inviting the co-researchers to choose the images, notes and recordings to explore further, will direct the course of discussion. Recovery questions will be set around the mnemonic “SHOWeD”: What do you See or Hear? What is really Happening? How does this relate to Our lives? Why does this problem or strength exist? What can we Do about it? A communication notebook will be created to record a summary of the discussion and highlight themes. Each stage of this process will be supported by the principle researcher/facilitator (myself). Population and sampling I will seek to recruit 6-7 couples who are living with dementia. People living with dementia is a term that is inclusive of the person with dementia and their carer. Majority of carers are family members. I will recruit a purposive sample of people living with dementia by approaching local branches of The Alzheimer’s Society, Liverpool Dementia Action Alliance and TIDE (Together In Dementia Everyday – a support group for carers). Data analysis
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