Master of Science in Public Health from Aalborg University, Denmark (2016).
Ph.D. student at the Department of Health Science and Technology, Aalborg University (since 2017).
My Ph.D. project concerns rehabilitation for nursing home residents with moderate to severe dementia focusing on participation in social activities within the nursing home and the local community. In addition, I am interested in how people with dementia can be involved in research.
Participation in social activities for nursing home residents living with moderate to severe dementia
Introduction: Dementia is a chronic progressive condition characterized by an ongoing decline in physical, cognitive and social functioning. More than 35 million people in the world live with dementia and the condition has severe consequences for the person with dementia and their relatives. The physical, cognitive and social decline in functioning makes it difficult to maintain social life with friends and family increasing the risk of social exclusion from meaningful social activities. This results in lower quality of life.
The progression of dementia leads to increasing care demands on family and professional caregivers. Eventually people with dementia – especially in western societies – may have to move to a nursing home setting to receive needed care. Relocation to a nursing home further increases the risk of social exclusion, since the person with dementia is removed from former social relations. They then need to accept new social relations with professional caregivers and other nursing home residents with similar conditions.
The aim of this study is to explore how the nursing home residents living with moderate to severe dementia experience participation in meaningful social activities with the longer term objective to promote social inclusion when moving to a nursing home serving people with dementia.