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Stepping out of the shadows of Alzheimer's disease: A phenomenological hermeneutic study of older people with Alzheimer´s disease caring for a therapy dog.
Högskolan Dalarna.
karolinska institutet.
Karolinska institutet, Sophiahemmet högskola.
Ersta Sköndal Bräcke University College, Department of Health Care Sciences.
2017 (English)In: International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, ISSN 1748-2623, E-ISSN 1748-2631, Vol. 12, no 1Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose: Living with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) can involve a person being unable to recall and convey information in daily life. There are several ways to provide person-centred care to older people with AD, e.g. by empowering them in a situation. The use of animal-assisted therapy (AAT) with a therapy dog in the care of people with dementia is increasing, with the presence of a therapy dog being described as improving, among other things, the well-being and socialization of the person. The aim of this study was to illuminate meanings of care for people with AD in their encounters with a therapy dog.

Method: The study used video-recorded observations of the person with AD and the dog. Data were transcribed and analysed using a phenomenological hermeneutic method.

Results: The main theme was “Using one’s own resources and abilities as a human being”, which meant being the person one can be and distancing oneself from the symptoms of AD during the time with the dog.

Conclusions: The feelings evoked in the people with AD included empathy and altruism, which allowed for a sense of joy and tenderness, which may induce a sense of self-worth, of being needed, and of being meaningful.

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2017. Vol. 12, no 1
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Alzheimer’s disease, Caring, Animal-assisted therapy, Person-centredness, Phenomenological hermeneutics, Life world
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URN: urn:nbn:se:esh:diva-6430DOI: 10.1080/17482631.2017.1347013PubMedID: 28699394OAI: oai:DiVA.org:esh-6430DiVA: diva2:1151104
Available from: 2017-10-22 Created: 2017-10-22 Last updated: 2017-11-10

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