(D-QOL) (Brod, Stewart, Sands & Walton, 1999) instrument was administered to all participants prior to and after a series of outdoor sessions in which three subjects participated in. The D-QOL provided quantitative data, while audio-recording, transcribing and coding of the outdoor sessions provided qualitative data. Results indicate no statistical significance in D-QOL scores; however, there were increases across several of the domains of quality of life (established by the D-QOL) for two of the treatment group participants. Other resulting implications include the
consideration of short-term quality of life improvement and that what individuals find
personally meaningful throughout their life may continue to be influential despite a
diagnosis of dementia. The results provide recommendations for other adult day programs serving individuals with dementia. These recommendations include being deliberate with offered activities, increasing resources, and becoming aware of what holds personal meaning for attendees. Future studies would benefit from increased sample sizes, including objective observations and measurements and a greater diversity of participants.
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Aspenson, Jamie L.
The Influence of Outdoor Education to Improve the Quality of Life for Individuals with Dementia.
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