A model study with the title "Selbstwahrnehmung und Intervention (SEIN)" (self-perception and intervention), led by Associate Professor Dr. Birgit Panke-Kochinke and Prof. Dr. Sabine Bartholomeyczik, is being launched at the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE).
A central goal of the study is to discover how the self-determination of people with dementia in the early stages of their illness can be fostered in an individual, precisely tailored, and thus resource-oriented manner. To address this issue, the study compares people with early-stage dementia who are living at home and are engaged in support groups with non-demented people suffering from multiple sclerosis in similar settings.
The objective is to investigate how their dealing with obstacles in everyday life has changed through the disease and how important their engagement in support groups is. Choosing people with multiple sclerosis as a reference group offers the opportunity to investigate what distinguishes the health care needs of dementia patients from those of people with other chronic diseases.
"To address the desires and needs of people with dementia, we find it is important to speak to them directly, listen to them, and try to capture from an individual perspective what resources and possibilities of support and guidance are appropriate in different phases of their lives," explains Panke-Kochinke. In the study, people with early dementia and people with multiple sclerosis are therefore asked in open, narrative interviews during group discussions how they deal with their disease.
Panke-Kochinke generally assumes that the interviewees can talk about themselves and their experiences and are able to define their situations in the research process in a self-determined manner. In both groups, however, it is possible that in some cases the disease manifests itself in language problems. It is so far unclear how to deal with these problems in a research setting. It is thus another key objective of the research project to develop ideal methodological standards.
Following the model study, a longitudinal study of people with dementia is planned to gain a better understanding of how the requirements and needs change during the course of the disease.
Katrin Weigmann | idw
Smart Data Transformation – Surfing the Big Wave
02.12.2016 | Fraunhofer-Institut für Angewandte Informationstechnik FIT
Climate change could outpace EPA Lake Champlain protections
18.11.2016 | University of Vermont
In recent years, lasers with ultrashort pulses (USP) down to the femtosecond range have become established on an industrial scale. They could advance some applications with the much-lauded “cold ablation” – if that meant they would then achieve more throughput. A new generation of process engineering that will address this issue in particular will be discussed at the “4th UKP Workshop – Ultrafast Laser Technology” in April 2017.
Even back in the 1990s, scientists were comparing materials processing with nanosecond, picosecond and femtosesecond pulses. The result was surprising:...
Have you ever wondered how you see the world? Vision is about photons of light, which are packets of energy, interacting with the atoms or molecules in what...
A multi-institutional research collaboration has created a novel approach for fabricating three-dimensional micro-optics through the shape-defined formation of porous silicon (PSi), with broad impacts in integrated optoelectronics, imaging, and photovoltaics.
Working with colleagues at Stanford and The Dow Chemical Company, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign fabricated 3-D birefringent...
In experiments with magnetic atoms conducted at extremely low temperatures, scientists have demonstrated a unique phase of matter: The atoms form a new type of quantum liquid or quantum droplet state. These so called quantum droplets may preserve their form in absence of external confinement because of quantum effects. The joint team of experimental physicists from Innsbruck and theoretical physicists from Hannover report on their findings in the journal Physical Review X.
“Our Quantum droplets are in the gas phase but they still drop like a rock,” explains experimental physicist Francesca Ferlaino when talking about the...
The Max Planck Institute for Physics (MPP) is opening up a new research field. A workshop from November 21 - 22, 2016 will mark the start of activities for an innovative axion experiment. Axions are still only purely hypothetical particles. Their detection could solve two fundamental problems in particle physics: What dark matter consists of and why it has not yet been possible to directly observe a CP violation for the strong interaction.
The “MADMAX” project is the MPP’s commitment to axion research. Axions are so far only a theoretical prediction and are difficult to detect: on the one hand,...
16.11.2016 | Event News
01.11.2016 | Event News
14.10.2016 | Event News
08.12.2016 | Life Sciences
08.12.2016 | Physics and Astronomy
08.12.2016 | Materials Sciences