Viewing art on a tablet computer: A well-being intervention for people with dementia and their caregivers.
Tyack, Charles; Camic, Paul M.; Heron, Michael James; Hulbert, Sabina
Paul M. Camic
Michael James Heron
Art-based interventions have been shown to be beneficial for the well-being of people with dementia and their caregivers. This article explored whether such interventions can be delivered via a touchscreen tablet device displaying art images. Method: Twelve pairs of volunteers with dementia and informal caregivers were recruited (N = 24). A quasi-experimental mixed-methods within-subjects study evaluated the well-being impacts of art viewing using visual analogue scales and explored participant experiences with thematic analysis. Findings: Quantitative results before Bonferroni correction showed a significant effect for change in composite well-being from Session 1 to Session 5 but this became non-significant after the correction was applied. Well-being subdomains generally increased with number of sessions. Qualitative findings included changes in cognition, behavior, mood, and relationships. These changes tended to be viewed positively. Conclusion: The results suggest touchscreen-based art interventions could yield well-being benefits for this population. A larger-scale controlled study would help determine whether wider dementia care practice implications can be drawn.
|Journal Article Type||Article|
|Publication Date||Jul 1, 2017|
|Journal||Journal of applied gerontology|
|Peer Reviewed||Peer Reviewed|
|Institution Citation||TYACK, C., CAMIC, P.M., HERON, M.J. and HULBERT, S. 2017. Viewing art on a tablet computer: A well-being intervention for people with dementia and their caregivers. Journal of applied gerontology [online], 36(7), pages 864-894. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1177/0733464815617287|
|Keywords||Dementia; Visual art; Tablet computers; Wellbeing; Caregivers; Visual analogue scales|
TYACK 2017 Viewing art on a tablet computer