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Stepping out of the shadows of Alzheimer's disease: a phenomenological hermeneutic study of older persons with Alzheimer's disease caring for a therapy dog
Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Caring Science/Nursing.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0781-3771
2017 (English)In: International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, ISSN 1748-2623, E-ISSN 1748-2631, Vol. 12, no 1, 1347013Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Purpose: Living with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) can involve a person being unable to recall and convey information in daily life. There are several ways to provide person-centred care to older people with AD, e.g. by empowering them in a situation. The use of animal-assisted therapy (AAT) with a therapy dog in the care of people with dementia is increasing, with the presence of a therapy dog being described as improving, among other things, the well-being and socialization of the person. The aim of this study was to illuminate meanings of care for people with AD in their encounters with a therapy dog.

Method: The study used video-recorded observations of the person with AD and the dog. Data were transcribed and analysed using a phenomenological hermeneutic method.

Results: The main theme was “Using one’s own resources and abilities as a human being”, which meant being the person one can be and distancing oneself from the symptoms of AD during the time with the dog.

Conclusions: The feelings evoked in the people with AD included empathy and altruism, which allowed for a sense of joy and tenderness, which may induce a sense of self-worth, of being needed, and of being meaningful.

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2017. Vol. 12, no 1, 1347013
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Alzheimer’s disease, caring, animal-assisted therapy, person-centredness, phenomenological hermeneutics, life world
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Nursing
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Health and Welfare
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-21594DOI: 10.1080/17482631.2017.1347013ISI: 000406176900001PubMedID: 28699394OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-21594DiVA: diva2:932792
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