"You come because it’s an interesting place” : the impact of attending a heritage programme on the wellbeing of people living with dementia and their care partners

Innes, A ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5591-4083, Scholar, HF ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0348-6937, Haragalova, J and Sharma, M 2020, '"You come because it’s an interesting place” : the impact of attending a heritage programme on the wellbeing of people living with dementia and their care partners' , Dementia: The International Journal of Social Research and Practice . (In Press)

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Abstract

Promoting access to heritage settings has been acknowledged as a way to promote wellbeing in the UK for people living with dementia and their care partners. Yet there is a lack of information available internationally on the contribution of heritage sites to promote wellbeing and social inclusion for those living with dementia. This paper addresses this gap by reporting on the impact for 48 people of participating in the ‘Sensory Palaces’ (SP) programme run by Historic Royal Palaces at Hampton Court and Kew Palaces in the UK. Two primary data sources were used; postsession interviews involving 30 participants (the person living with dementia and/or their care partners), and 131 sets of self-complete pre and post session mood questionnaires administered directly before and after SP session attendance. Analysis of the data sets is presented under three themes: Enjoyment and Engagement; Connecting and Learning and Place, Space and Time. The findings demonstrate participants highly valued the heritage sessions and reported positively on the impact this had for their individual wellbeing and their relationships with one another. This paper highlights the opportunity for heritage sites to contribute to promoting wellbeing for people living with dementia.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Applied Research in Health, Welfare and Policy
Journal or Publication Title: Dementia: The International Journal of Social Research and Practice
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 1471-3012
Funders: Historic Royal Palaces
Depositing User: A Innes
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2020 10:30
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2020 10:30
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/58609

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