How does the built environment impact on the function and autonomy of older people with dementia? A literature review

Ghosh, Claire (2010) How does the built environment impact on the function and autonomy of older people with dementia? A literature review. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This literature review explores what is known about the impact of the built or physical environment on the function and autonomy of older people with dementia. Focus was given to physical environments which are built, designed or modified specifically for people who have dementia. A systematic approach was taken to collating and analysing data from 13 primary research studies, qualitative and quantitative in nature, and the results explored using Lawton’s ecological model of ageing (Nahemow & Lawton, 1973). It was identified that the built environment is prosthetic, compensating in a practical sense for physical and cognitive impairment, and also provides emotional security during times of transition and loss. The built environment does not impact alone however but in complex transactions with the social and cultural environments in which the individual’s life is situated.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > School of Health Sciences and Social Work
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:15
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/779

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