Drawing on narrative accounts of dementia in education and care

Joyce Lamerichs, Manna Alma

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    This chapter shows how a selection of narrative videotaped accounts of people with dementia and their informal carers are used to develop course material on dementia care for students in Dutch secondary Vocational Education and Training (VET). It provides illustrative segments of two pilot lessons on dementia care to show how the narrative clips stimulate students’ empathic response, invite reflection on their own practices as professional carers, and demonstrate the strength of metaphoric language available in the clips as a cue for follow-up discussions. Although further research is needed, working with narrative video clips in which people with dementia and their informal carers recount what it means to live with dementia seems a promising educational tool. It proved particularly well-suited to provide opportunities to learn from people who experience mild/moderate dementia, and what it means to live with this condition.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationIllness narratives in practice
    Subtitle of host publicationPotentials and challenges of using narratives in health-related contexts
    EditorsGabriele Lucius-Heine, Christine Holmberg, Thorsten Meyer
    Place of PublicationOxford
    PublisherOxford University Press
    ISBN (Print)9780198806660
    Publication statusPublished - Oct-2018

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