publication . Doctoral thesis . 2015

"Being in the present" : The meaning of the interaction between older persons with Alzheimer's disease and a therapy dog

Swall, Anna;
  • Published: 01 Jan 2015
  • Publisher: Karolinska Institutet, Dept of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society
  • Country: Sweden
The number of persons with Alzheimer’s disease is increasing world-wide and the disease affects the persons, their families, the health care system and the economy within society worldwide. The symptoms and behaviours caused by Alzheimer’ disease may be difficult to manage for the person and their caregivers. Alternative methods are recommended before pharmacological treatment. The presence of a therapy dog has been described as beneficial, in for instance increasing well-being and alleviating symptoms and dementia behaviours. The overall aim of this thesis was to gain a deeper understanding of the influence of therapy dogs on persons with Alzheimer’s disease fr...
free text keywords: MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES, MEDICIN OCH HÄLSOVETENSKAP, Animal-assisted therapy
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