A Lifelong Learning Community Intervention to Support People Living With Dementia

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Dementia is a global societal challenge. A key priority for dementia research is to explore ways to support people to live independently and remain living at home with a good quality of life and wellbeing. An education led intervention from Denmark offers a lifelong learning approach to the provision of community dementia care. It aims to support people’s decision making, quality of life and promote their independence.

A photo elicitation project explored the experiences of people living with dementia attending this lifelong learning service. The voices of those taking part were supported through the use of photography and storytelling methods. These photographs were used as prompts to aid discussions and support recall of activities and experiences of attending the service and everyday life outside of the service.

The findings identified that those attending were active members of the service, and that they had active lives outside of the service. People living with dementia reported that they felt challenged in attending the service but welcomed this as they thought it was engaging their brains, supporting their memory and recall of everyday activities. They also spoke about the camaraderie that develops between members and that that this was an important part of their overall experience of attending the service. The photographs and storytelling approach was also identified to support participant’s recall of events and enable them to share their experiences.
Period15 Jul 2023
Event titleThe 3rd Euorpean Conference on Aging & Gerontology
Event typeConference
Conference number72449
LocationLondon, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Dementia
  • Lifelong learning
  • Community
  • intervention