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Keeping up health promotion practices in specialized day care units for people with dementia


Gustafsdottir, M.


American Journal Of Alzheimer's Disease And Other Dementias, Volume: 26, No.: 6, Pages.: 437-442

Year of Publication



Background: Health promotion practices hold promises for elderly individuals’ quality of life. This article shows that such practices can be promoted in specialized day care units for individuals with dementia.; Method: Group interviews with 8 groups of staff (comprising 24 staff members) in 3 day care units.; Results: Rather than referring directly to health promotion practices, the staff-members talked about the importance of regular drinks and meals, as well as exercise such as gym programs, walking, and swimming sessions for the wellbeing of their clients. They also maintained that the pursuit of different individual interests reduced stress both for the individual client and for the respective family.; Conclusion: Day care for elderly individuals with dementia can promote individual health practices, in as much as it is based on knowledgeable monitoring of health and well-being. Such health practices strengthen the daycare client’s optimal independent function which the staff members regard as a prerequisite for living at home.;

Bibtex Citation

@article{Gustafsdottir_2011, doi = {10.1177/1533317511424893}, url = {}, year = 2011, month = {sep}, publisher = {{SAGE} Publications}, volume = {26}, number = {6}, pages = {437--442}, author = {M. Gustafsdottir}, title = {Keeping up Health Promotion Practices in Specialized Day Care Units for People With Dementia}, journal = {American Journal of Alzheimer{textquotesingle}s Disease and Other Dementias} }


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Countries of Study


Types of Dementia

Dementia (general / unspecified)

Types of Study

Focus Group, Interview Study

Type of Outcomes



Day Care

Type of Interventions

Risk Factor Modification

Risk Factor Modifications

At risk population