Research and publications

The research project

The overall objective of this research project is to develop care farming services for persons with dementia that can contribute to long-term solutions of the increasing need for good day care services for a growing elderly population and add sustainable economic value to the agricultural sector. More concrete, this project will investigate experiences and potential benefits of farm based day care services for persons with dementia and their next of kin, study how aspects of agriculture and farm life facilitate a person-centered care environment for persons with dementia, and at last identify factors enabling a successful collaboration between farmers as providers of farm ased day care services and the municipalities.


Norwegian University of Life Science (NMBU), Norwegian National Advisory Unit on Aging and Health (Aging and Health), Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO), Food and Agriculture Division, and Ruralis, Institute  for Rural and Regional Research (Ruralis) forms the research group.

The research group cooperate with:

  • National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, Centre for Nutrition, Prevention and Health Services, The Netherlands, Dr Simone de Bruin.
  • University College Dublin, School of Agriculture and Food Science, Ireland, Deirdre O’Conner.


The Research Council of Norway.



People with dementia attending farm-based day care in Norway

Author(s): Ibsen TL, Kirkevold Ø, Patil GG, Eriksen S.

Abstract Farm-based day care for people with dementia is supposed to improve the participants quality of life by using activities and resources of the farm environment to promote mental and physical health. In this paper, we describe the characteristics of those attending farm-based day care services in Norway and explore the association between individual and […]


People with dementia attending farm-based day care in Norway
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Study protocol work package A

Author(s): Eriksen S, Pedersen I, Taranrød LB, Ellingsen-Dalskau LH, Garshol BF, Kirkevold Ø, Strandli E, Patil GG

Farm-based day care services - a prospective study protocol on health benefits on People With dementia and Next of kin is an article describing the aim, Methods and structures of work package A.  


Farm-based day care services - a prospective study on people with dementia and next of kin
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A descriptive study of the farm context

Author(s): Ibsen TL, Eriksen S, Patil GG

The present study aims to investigate FDC in Norway and describe the services and the participants’ care environment.  


Farm-based day care in Norway - a complementary service for people with dementia
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Author(s): NMBU, Aldring og helse, NIBIO, Ruralis

The protocol for describes the aim for the project as a whole and present the different work packages.


Project proposal2016
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