Successful Elements of Intergenerational Dementia Programs: A Scoping Review

E. V. Gerritzen*, M. J. Hull, H. Verbeek, A. E. Smith, B. de Boer

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Abstract

People with dementia often experience social isolation and stigmatization. Research shows that bringing generations together can be mutually beneficial. Although intergenerational dementia programs show promising results, specific successful elements remain unclear. A scoping literature review was performed to compare intergenerational dementia programs and identify successful elements and outcomes. Successful elements included (1) including buddy systems to foster relationship building, (2) dementia education to increase knowledge, positive attitudes and empathy among younger participants, (3) Montessori-based activities, (4) being considerate about activity set-up, (5) analyzing student-reflective journals, and (6) reminiscence programs. These findings can be used to develop successful intergenerational dementia programs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)214-245
Number of pages32
JournalJournal of Intergenerational Relationships
Volume18
Issue number2
Early online date30 Sept 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Apr 2020

Keywords

  • Dementia
  • intergenerational programs
  • intergenerational relationships
  • aged care
  • scoping review
  • NURSING-HOME RESIDENTS
  • COLLEGE-STUDENTS
  • PEOPLE
  • ADULTS
  • CARE
  • ART
  • PERCEPTIONS
  • ENGAGEMENT
  • ATTITUDES
  • BENEFITS

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