e-space
Manchester Metropolitan University's Research Repository

Neighbourhoods as relational places for people living with dementia

Clark, A and Campbell, S and Keady, J and Kullberg, A and Manji, K and Rummery, K and Ward, R (2020) Neighbourhoods as relational places for people living with dementia. Social Science and Medicine, 252. ISSN 0277-9536

[img]
Preview

Available under License Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives.

Download (426kB) | Preview

Abstract

© 2020 The Authors An increase in the number of people living independently with dementia across the developed world has focused attention on the relevance of neighbourhood spaces for enabling or facilitating good social health and wellbeing. Taking the lived experiences and daily realities of people living with dementia as a starting point, this paper contributes new understanding about the relevance of local places for supporting those living with the condition. The paper outlines findings from a study of the neighbourhood experiences, drawing on new data collected from a creative blend of qualitatively-driven mixed methods with people living in a diverse array of settings across three international settings. The paper details some of the implications of neighbourhoods as sites of social connection based on material from 67 people living with dementia and 62 nominated care-partners. It demonstrates how neighbourhoods are experienced as relational places and considers how people living with dementia contribute to the production of such places through engagement and interaction, and in ways that may be beneficial to social health. We contend that research has rarely focused on the subjective, experiential and ‘everyday’ social practices that contextualise neighbourhood life for people living with dementia. In doing so, the paper extends empirical and conceptual understanding of the relevance of neighbourhoods as relational sites of connection, interaction, and social engagement for people living with dementia.

Impact and Reach

Statistics

Downloads
Activity Overview
17Downloads
50Hits

Additional statistics for this dataset are available via IRStats2.

Altmetric

Actions (login required)

Edit Item Edit Item