Linking DemenTalent to Meeting Centers for people with dementia and their caregivers: A process analysis into facilitators and barriers in 12 Dutch Meeting Centers

Annelies van Rijn, Franka Meiland, Rose-Marie Droës

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Abstract

Objectives:There have been relatively few interventions on an individual level to support community-dwelling people with dementia to continue to fulfill their potential in society. This study investigated the implementation of DemenTalent, an intervention in which people with dementia become active as volunteers in society based on their talents. The intervention was linked to existing Meeting Centers for people with dementia and their informal caregivers.Method:We conducted a qualitative multiple case study. Semi-structured interviews regarding experienced facilitators and barriers were conducted with 22 key figures/stakeholders in 12 Meeting Centers during the preparation, starting and continuation phases of the implementation of DemenTalent.Results:Several influencing factors were found on a micro level (e.g. Public Relations, training, management involvement), meso level (e.g. finances, collaborating with others) and macro level (e.g. laws and regulations, national and regional policy) during the different phases of the implementation process. Factors mentioned by most stakeholders were human and financial resources. Another important factor appeared to be the culture of the region.Conclusion:The insight into facilitating and impeding factors in the implementation of DemenTalent provided by this study will inform and enable other Meeting Centers to adopt a fitting strategy to implement DemenTalent in their own center. This is expected to help disseminate the intervention further, giving more people with dementia the chance to fulfill their potential, find a meaningful and pleasant way of spending their time, and actively participate in society. This will contribute to a more inclusive society and less stigmatization of people with dementia.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1433-1445
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Psychogeriatrics
Volume31
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019
Externally publishedYes

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