Viewing art on a tablet computer: a wellbeing intervention for people with dementia and their caregivers
Tyack, C., Camic, P., Herron, A. and Hulbert, S. 2015. Viewing art on a tablet computer: a wellbeing intervention for people with dementia and their caregivers. Journal of Applied Gerontology. https://doi.org/10.1177/0733464815617287
|Authors||Tyack, C., Camic, P., Herron, A. and Hulbert, S.|
Background: Art-based interventions have been shown to be beneficial for the wellbeing of people with dementia and their caregivers. This paper explored whether such interventions can be delivered via a touchscreen tablet device displaying art images.
Methods: Twelve pairs of volunteers with dementia and informal caregivers were recruited. A quasi-experimental mixed-methods within-subjects study evaluated the wellbeing impacts of art viewing using visual analogue scales and explored participant experiences with thematic analysis.
Findings: Quantitative results showed a significant effect for change in composite wellbeing from session one to session five. Wellbeing subdomains showed impact on wellbeing, which generally increased with number of sessions. Qualitative findings included changes in cognition, behaviour, mood and relationships. These changes tended to be
Conclusions: The results suggest touchscreen-based art interventions could yield wellbeing benefits for this population. A larger-scale controlled study would help to determine whether wider dementia care practice implications can be drawn.
|Keywords||Dementia; visual art; tablet computer; well-being; caregivers; visual analogue scales|
|Journal||Journal of Applied Gerontology|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||https://doi.org/10.1177/0733464815617287|
|16 Dec 2015|
|Publication process dates|
|Deposited||13 Nov 2015|
|Accepted||10 Oct 2015|
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