The effects of a leisure activity visitation training program on the social interaction of persons with dementia
Waalen, Jackie Cords
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Individuals with dementia while they visit with family and friends. This exploratory field study used participant observation interviews and three questionnaire forms to analyze how a leisure activity training program for visitors would increase social and life satisfaction for residents in two group homes. The questionnaires were administered to visitors, staff, and residents. Data were collected by observing visiting behaviors and postvisit emotions of residents. Results of analyses indicated significant importance of family and friends utilizing leisure activities during their visits to improve social interaction and satisfaction for the residents with dementia. The findings also suggest that family and friend involvement with individuals with dementia is an important factor for the maintenance of independence and abilities of the person.
Dementia - Patients - Recreation
Alzheimer's disease - Patients - Recreation
Visiting the sick - Social aspects
Leisure - Social aspects