Managing changes in everyday occupations: the experience of persons with Alzheimer's disease.
2002 (English)In: OTJR (Thorofare, N.J.), ISSN 1539-4492, E-ISSN 1938-2383, Vol. 22, no 2, 70-81 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The aim of this study was to uncover how people with dementia respond to the problems and changes they experience in everyday occupations. Seven participants with dementia were included. Data were collected by means of repeated interviews and observations that focused on the person's experiences of competence and management in everyday occupations. The analysis was carried out from within a phenomenological perspective and resulted in a structure describing management strategies. It was concluded that the participants used a wide variety of strategies. Some strategies were directed toward managing the altered conditions caused by the disease while others served the purpose of responding to the occupational problems of everyday life. The latter strategies were of three types based mainly on environment, habituation, and cognition. Overall, the implicit and explicit cognitive awareness underpinning many strategies seems to call for great caution when assuming that people with dementia soon lose their awareness of disability.
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2002. Vol. 22, no 2, 70-81 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-118932DOI: 10.1177/153944920202200204OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-118932DiVA: diva2:817467