Self-Management in Early Stage Dementia (Dementia / Journal of Nursing Scholarship)


Previous research has indicated that self-care interventions are effective for people living with long-term conditions. This article explores the feasibility of self-management programs specifically for people with dementia at an early stage. The experiences of people attending one such self-management program are studied by qualitative research.

The self-management program for people with dementia under consideration here encompasses: relationships with the patient’s family, maintenance of an active lifestyle and psychological well-being, supplying techniques to cope with memory changes and the provision of information about dementia. The program is flexible, with the focus on patients’ strengths and promoting opportunities to interact with other people living with dementia.

Participants reported the self-management intervention program to be enjoyable and beneficial, despite some concerns about memory difficulties. Areas for further improvement are outlined. Emphasis needs to be on maintaining activity and relationships, supporting a positive sense of well-being and social interaction; the purpose being to maintain a good quality of life.

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Martin, F. Turner, A. [and] Wallace, L.M. [et al]. (2013). Qualitative evaluation of a self-management intervention for people in the early stage of dementia. Dementia. Epub ahead of print, on August 12th 2013.

More information on this intervention program:

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Bourne, C. Turner, A. [and] Bradbury, N. [et al]. (2012). Refinement and process evaluation of a novel self-management programme for people in the early stages of dementia. Coventry: Coventry University and Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, 2012.

Readers may also be interested in the following article on self-management interventions for people living with chronic conditions.

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Schulman-Green, D Jaser, S. [and] Martin, F. [et al]. (2012). Processes of self-management in chronic illness. Journal of Nursing Scholarship. June 2012; 44(2): 136-44.

More articles on self-management for early stage dementia follow:

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Martin, F. Turner, A. Wallace, L.M. [et al]. (2013). Perceived barriers to self-management for people with dementia in the early stages. Dementia, July 2013, 12(4), pp.1-13.

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Martin, F. Turner, A. Wallace, L.M. [et al]. (2013). Conceptualisation of self-management intervention for people with early stage dementia. European Journal of Ageing, June 2013, Volume 10(2), pp 75-87.

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