Subjective wellbeing in people living with dementia: exploring processes of multiple object handling sessions in a museum setting.
Camic, P., Dickens, Laura, Zeilig, Hannah and Strohmaier, S. 2021. Subjective wellbeing in people living with dementia: exploring processes of multiple object handling sessions in a museum setting. Wellcome Open Research. 6, p. 96. https://doi.org/10.12688/wellcomeopenres.16819.2
|Authors||Camic, P., Dickens, Laura, Zeilig, Hannah and Strohmaier, S.|
Background: Dementia care guidance highlights the importance of supporting people living with dementia to access engaging and meaningful activities to promote their quality of life. There is a growing evidence base for the efficacy of heritage settings and arts-based interventions to provide social prescribing opportunities to help support wellbeing in this population. This study extended previous research and explored the potential processes underlying this effect in multiple small group object handling sessions in a museum setting.
Methods: A mixed-methods design was used comprising a measure of subjective wellbeing and thematic analysis to explore in-the-moment session content across multiple sessions. Four people with dementia participated in three, one-hour group object handling sessions led by two facilitators.
Conclusions: This is the first study we are aware of that has taken an in-depth look at multiple museum-based group object handling sessions for people living with dementia. Findings offer ways to optimise object handling sessions for people with dementia by providing in-depth information about the processes involved across multiple object handling sessions facilitated by museum/heritage professionals in a museum setting. This has useful implications for community-based activities as part of dementia care planning and public health programming. The study contributes to a deeper understanding and elucidates the processes that enhance wellbeing for this population who participate in such sessions. It also helps to develop further theoretical understanding about why these types of activities are helpful in community-based dementia care. Limitations and implications for future research are discussed.
|Keywords||Canterbury wellbeing scales; Dementia; Museums; Object handling; Thematic analysis; Wellbeing|
|Journal||Wellcome Open Research|
|Journal citation||6, p. 96|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||https://doi.org/10.12688/wellcomeopenres.16819.2|
|Online||10 Jun 2021|
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|Accepted||04 Jun 2021|
|Deposited||12 Sep 2023|
Grant Information: This work is part of the Created Out of Mind research programme. Created Out of Mind was funded as ‘Created Out of Mind: Shaping Perceptions of Dementias, Grant Ref: 200783/Z/16/Z by the Wellcome Trust as a part of the Hub Award. (Principal Investigator S.J. Crutch; Core Group: P. Ball, P. M. Camic, C. Evans, N. Fox, C. Murphy, F. Walsh, J. West, G. Windle).
The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.
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