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(huí yì): Exploring art-based life review to support the relocation process for older adults with dementia in nursing homes

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Relocation to a nursing home can be a highly stressful process for older adults with dementia, yet programmes to support them are limited. This study developed an art-based life review programme (Project ; huí yì) and examined its capability to support the process of relocation into the nursing home for older adults. The programme took place over six weeks with twelve older adults in two nursing homes. Each session comprised art-making and storytelling activities to create content that contributed to an individualized life review artbook. Data were gathered through qualitative interviews and observation of participants in sessions. Constant comparative analysis of qualitative data revealed three themes: empowering environment, identity reconstruction and personal biography. The three themes provide guidance for future art-based life review projects through a proposed practice framework.

Keywords: art-based life review; arts and health; dementia; nursing homes; relocation; well-being

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 0000000122240361Nanyang Technological University

Publication date: November 1, 2020

This article was made available online on April 10, 2020 as a Fast Track article with title: "回艺 (huí yì): Exploring artbased life review to support the relocation process for older adults with dementia in nursing homes".

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