Viewing art on a tablet computer: a wellbeing intervention for people with dementia and their caregivers

Tyack, Charles S. M., Camic, Paul M., Herron, A. and Hulbert, S. (2015) Viewing art on a tablet computer: a wellbeing intervention for people with dementia and their caregivers. Journal of Applied Gerontology. ISSN 0733-4648.

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Abstract

Background: Art-based interventions have been shown to be beneficial for the wellbeing of people with dementia and their caregivers. This paper explored whether such interventions can be delivered via a touchscreen tablet device displaying art images.

Methods: Twelve pairs of volunteers with dementia and informal caregivers were recruited. A quasi-experimental mixed-methods within-subjects study evaluated the wellbeing impacts of art viewing using visual analogue scales and explored participant experiences with thematic analysis.

Findings: Quantitative results showed a significant effect for change in composite wellbeing from session one to session five. Wellbeing subdomains showed impact on wellbeing, which generally increased with number of sessions. Qualitative findings included changes in cognition, behaviour, mood and relationships. These changes tended to be
viewed positively.

Conclusions: The results suggest touchscreen-based art interventions could yield wellbeing benefits for this population. A larger-scale controlled study would help to determine whether wider dementia care practice implications can be drawn.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Dementia; visual art; tablet computer; well-being; caregivers; visual analogue scales
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0435 Psychiatry > RC0475 Therapeutics. Psychotherapy > RC0489 Arts therapy
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0435 Psychiatry > RC0512 Psychopathology. Mental disorders > RC0521 Dementia
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > School of Psychology, Politics and Sociology
Depositing User: Dr Sabina Hulbert
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2015 13:52
Last Modified: 22 Jan 2016 04:50
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/14021

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