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The impact of early dementia on outdoor life: A `shrinking world'?

Duggan, Sandra; Blackman, Tim; Martyr, Anthony and Van Schaik, Paul (2008). The impact of early dementia on outdoor life: A `shrinking world'? Dementia, 7(2) pp. 191–204.

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This article reports the voices of 22 people with early to moderate dementia and their carers about the use of the outdoor environment. Analysis of semi-structured interviews demonstrates that people with early dementia value the outdoor environment for reasons such as exercise, fresh air, emotional well-being, the opportunity for informal encounters with neighbours and friends and the appreciation of the countryside. Conversely, not being able to go out was associated with feelings of depression. Carers reported that the impact of dementia was to decrease the frequency of outdoor activity and to limit the areas visited to those that were the most familiar. Maintaining outdoor activity is likely to be an effective measure in extending the period of good quality living and might decrease the period when intensive services are required. It should therefore be considered in planning for both residential care and community living in the future.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2008 Sage Publications.
ISSN: 1741-2684
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Not SetNot SetHealth Foundation [261/2353]
Keywords: dementia; environment; outdoors; exclusion; quality of life
Academic Unit/School: Other Departments > Vice-Chancellor's Office
Other Departments
Item ID: 30978
Depositing User: Tim Blackman
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2012 10:53
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2018 07:11
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