The experience of spirituality from the perspective of people living with dementia: A systematic review and meta-synthesis.

In this systematic review and meta synthesis Daly et al. (2016) found that while it may not be explicitly named as such, spirituality was a significant part of the lives of people with dementia, with some studies suggesting that a sense of spirituality may in fact be heightened in dementia. For some spirituality is associated with religion and a connection with God while for others it is connected with nature, art and music. Spirituality in dementia was also found to be embodied through relationship with others, fostering an ongoing sense of connection and occupation. However the person experiences their spirituality the literature indicates it is something that sustains the person in the face of dementia. The authors discuss the importance of both acknowledging and meeting spiritual needs for people with dementia while urging that no assumptions are made. Rather they argue these needs must be addressed at a personal level and as such they draw our attention to the importance of life story work. They also argue that the findings confirm the need for spiritual competency among health and social care practitioners.
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The experience of spirituality from the perspective of people living with dementia: A systematic review and meta-synthesis.
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2016
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Daly, L., Fahey-McCarthy, E. and Timmins, F., 2016. The experience of spirituality from the perspective of people living with dementia: A systematic review and meta-synthesis. Dementia, p.1471301216680425.