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    Issa, Maram
    et al.
    University of Skövde, School of Health and Education.
    Hult, Sandra
    University of Skövde, School of Health and Education.
    Människans Bästa Vän: En Litteraturöversikt om Hundens påverkan på Äldre med Demenssjukdom2019Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Background: The average life expectancy has increased and the growing lifeexpectancy is expected to contribute to an increased need for care. Dementiadisease affects mainly elderly peoplebut is not a normal part ofaging and often hasa chronic or progressive nature with both physical andpsychological impact. There is no cure and everyyear thousands of people develop a dementia disease. The number is expected to double in the future. Humans has always lived alongside with animalsfor centuries and a positive effect of animals has been shown. Aim:The aim is to investigate thedog's influence on elderly people with dementia living in a nursing home. Method: Thestudy used a literature review that included both qualitative and quantitativeresearch. Result: The literature review resulted in four categories and14 subcategories, dog meetings showed effects on emotions, communication,cognition and behaviors inthe elderly with dementia. Conclusion: The dog meetings contributed toincreased joy and quality of life, the meetings also had an effect onwell-being and were considered to be the most enjoyable time in nursing homes. Dog meetings should therefore be included in thecare to increase the well-being for the residents.

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