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.

Partners:

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.

Funding:

The Research Council of Norway.

Publications:

 

The experience of attending a farm-based day care service from the perspective of people with dementia: A qualitative study

Author(s): Tanja Louise Ibsen & Siren Eriksen

Abstract People with dementia have different needs, and it is important to have variation in the services that are offered for this population. Farm-based day care aims to meet this diversity in need, but research on such services is lacking. The present study provides knowledge about how people with dementia experience attending farm-based day care […]

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The experience of attending a farm-based day care service from the perspective of people with dementia: A qualitative study
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Care Farming for People with Dementia

Author(s): Simone R de Bruin, Ingeborg Pedersen, Siren Eriksen, Jan Hassink, Lenneke Vaandrager, Grete Grindal Patil

Abstract: There is growing recognition that traditional dementia care models fall short for people with dementia and their family caregivers. This has led to a call for new dementia care approaches. In response to this call, innovations in long-term dementia care are taking place both in the community and in residential care. One of these […]

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Care Farming for People with Dementia;What Can Healthcare Leaders Learn from This Innovative Care Concept?
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Physical activity in people with dementia

Author(s): Bjørnar Finnanger Garshol, Lina Ellingsen-Dalskau, Ingeborg Pedersen

Abstract Background: Despite public focus on the importance of physical activity and findings showing the benefits of such activity, research has shown that people with dementia are less physically active and have more sedentary behaviour compared to others in similar age groups. In Norway, there is a focus on day care services as a means […]

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Physical activity in people with dementia
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Comparing the care environment at farm-based and regular day

Author(s): Lina H. Ellingsen-Dalskau, Bram de Boer, Ingeborg Pedersen

Abstract People with dementia should be able to live in the community, and day care services are recommended as a means for people to live in their own homes for as long as possible. In this study we wanted to compare the quality of care at one type of small-scale day care situated at community […]

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Comparing the care environment at farm-based and regular day
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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 […]

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People with dementia attending farm-based day care in Norway
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