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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Beyond words: older people with dementia using and interpreting non-verbal behaviour
Authors: Hubbard, Gill
Cook, Ailsa
Tester, Susan
Downs, Murna
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Issue Date: May-2002
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Hubbard G, Cook A, Tester S & Downs M (2002) Beyond words: older people with dementia using and interpreting non-verbal behaviour, Journal of Aging Studies, 16 (2), pp. 155-167.
Abstract: This article addresses a gap in research on nonverbal communication and dementia. It presents findings from a study that explored ways in which older people with dementia used and interpreted nonverbal behaviour within the context of social interactions. Two researchers, using an ethnographic approach, jointly observed nonverbal communicative behaviours occurring in a day-care centre. The findings show that older people with dementia used nonverbal behaviour in meaningful ways for others to interpret, and as a way of self-communication; and that they actively interpreted others' nonverbal behaviour. In specific situations, these people acted in the context of shared meanings, possessed a 'self', and took on the 'role' of others. This approach has implications for understanding the social experience of dementia and for the ways that care is organised. The role of nonverbal behaviour offers potential for carers to preserve older people's self-identity and improve their quality of life and care.
Type: Journal Article
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Affiliation: Cancer Care Research Centre
University of Stirling
Sociology/Social Pol&Criminology
University of Bradford

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