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Does a structured gardening programme improve well-being In young-onset dementia? A preliminary study

Hewitt, P., Watts, C., Hussey, J., Power, K. and Williams, T. (2013) Does a structured gardening programme improve well-being In young-onset dementia? A preliminary study. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 76 (8). pp. 355-361. ISSN 0308-0226

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To link to this item DOI: 10.4276/030802213X13757040168270

Abstract/Summary

Introduction: Young onset dementia (YOD) affects about 1 in 1500 people aged under 65 years in the UK. It is associated with loss of employment, independence and an increase in psychological distress. This project set out to identify the benefits of a 2 hour week) structured activity programme of gardening for people with YOD. Method: A mixed qualitative quantitative study of therapeutic gardening for people with YOD, measuring outcomes for both participants with YOD and their carers. 12 participants were recruited from a county wide older adults mental health service, based on onset of dementia being before 65 years of age(range 43-65 years). 2 dropped out and 1 died during the project. Measures included the Mini Mental State Examination, Bradford Well Being Profile, Large Allen Cognitive Level Screen and Pool Activity Level. Results: Over a one year period the carers of the people with YOD found that the project had given participants a renewed sense of purpose and increased well-being. while cognitive functioning declined. Conclusions: This study suggests that a meaningful guided activity programme can maintain or improve well-being in the presence of cognitive deterioration.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > Institute of Education > Improving Equity and Inclusion through Education
Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Department of Psychology
Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Psychopathology and Affective Neuroscience
ID Code:33065
Uncontrolled Keywords:Young onset dementia, gardening, health and well being outcomes, dementia interventions
Publisher:College of Occupational Therapists

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