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Sliding interactions: An ethnography about how person with dementia interacts in special housing for elderly
Jönköping University, Sweden.
Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, Division of Health, Activity and Care. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
Jönköping University, Sweden.
2011 (English)In: Dementia, ISSN 1471-3012, E-ISSN 1741-2684, Vol. 10, no 4, 523-538 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This ethnography describes how persons with dementia interact with cognitively intact persons in housing with care for the elderly. The results, drawing upon 31 observation sessions and nine interviews, are described under the following themes, which were interpreted from the standpoint of social interaction theory: interaction with expression of satisfaction, disorientation, and dissociation. Interaction provided satisfaction, but did not always reflect a positive experience. Awareness in persons with dementia seemed to be greater than others perceived and, as a result, interaction was adversely affected by frequent well-intentioned corrections and comments. Participation in interaction can be encouraged and feelings of indignation avoided  by assuming that persons with dementia are aware of their situation and how others behave toward them. Sensitivity is required to interpret individuals' expressions of desire not to participate, while simultaneously it is important to try to interpret why they want to refrain.

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Sage Publications, 2011. Vol. 10, no 4, 523-538 p.
Keyword [en]
awareness, elderly, ethnography, housing with care, interaction
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-108535DOI: 10.1177/1471301211409376OAI: diva2:730809
Available from: 2014-06-30 Created: 2014-06-30 Last updated: 2014-10-16Bibliographically approved

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