Learning and Coping With Early Stage Dementia

2018-11-19 19:27:15 | BioPortfolio


The overall aim of this study is to investigate how home dwelling people with early-stage dementia cope with their disease, explored through their participation in a 12-week health promotion course, through 3 sub-studies; 1) The users' experience in gaining information about dementia and meeting others in the same situation, 2) observation of the group interactions and support processes, and 3) investigate the effect of the 12-week health promotion course for people with early stage dementia on their cognitive function, psychosocial function and health behaviour.


In this study, the investigators build on a health promotion intervention originally developed by Buettner and Fitzimmons (2009), called "Health Promotion for the Mind, Body, and Spirit". The Health Promotion intervention consists of 12 weekly 2-hour sessions. Each group has up to 6 participants, and the groups are facilitated by two professional group leaders. The course has been designed to provide information on the disease process and on healthy behaviours to prevent problems that are common later in the disease. The 12-week course includes nutrition, cognitive fitness, stress reduction, communication, information about the course of the disease, and coping strategies. During the first class session, each participant received a nametag and a booklet. This booklet is a critical component of the educational method for the participants. The booklet contains 12 dividers for the 12 modules that the instructor taught during the course. The caregiver is not present at the course, however the participants are encouraged to share the booklet provided at the course with the caregiver between sessions.

Design: a quasi-experimental study with multiple methods:

1. assessment of cognitive function, psychosocial function and health behaviour is collected at baseline (prior to attending the 12-week course) and follow-up interviews are arranged shortly after the 12-week course. For each participant a caregiver also has to take part for proxy interviews.

2. the users' experience of attending the 12-week health promotion course will be collected through qualitative individual interviews with the participants and their caregiver after attending the course.

3. over the duration of the course a moderate participant observation will be carried out to explore changes over the 12-week course, in-session behaviour, social interaction and to capture motivational and empowering aspects of the course.

Study Design




A 12-week health promotion course


Active, not recruiting


Helse Stavanger HF

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2018-11-19T19:27:15-0500

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