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Karppinen S.L., Karppinen J., Halonen R. (2020) Understanding the Difficulties of People with Dementia and Their Caretakers in Finland. In: Cacace M. et al. (eds) Well-Being in the Information Society. Fruits of Respect. WIS 2020. Communications in Computer and Information Science, vol 1270. Springer, Cham.

Understanding the difficulties of people with dementia and their caretakers in Finland

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Author: Karppinen, Sio Lai1; Karppinen, Jori1; Halonen, Raija1
Organizations: 1Faculty of ITEE, M3S, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
Online Access: PDF Full Text (PDF, 8.8 MB)
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Language: English
Published: Springer Nature, 2020
Publish Date: 2020-09-22


The number of people with memory issues—and especially with dementia—is a growing challenge that raises both economic and psychological issues worldwide, and most healthcare systems currently emphasise pharmaceutical solutions to managing the everyday lives of dementia patients and their families. This study sought to determine the real issues experienced by people with dementia and their caretakers and the solutions they use. The study was carried out in Finland, and data was collected by online interviews due to the pandemic. The results showed that most elderly enjoyed music, stories and especially from interaction with other people. Many also suffered from too little physical activity, and some from sleeping disorders, leading to problematic behaviour. As the social meetings designed for the patients and their caretakers were arranged in different locations, there were also issues with getting there. The results were to be applied when building the non-pharmaceutical solution.

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Series: Communications in computer and information science
ISSN: 1865-0929
ISSN-E: 1865-0937
ISSN-L: 1865-0929
ISBN: 978-3-030-57847-3
ISBN Print: 978-3-030-57846-6
Pages: 3 - 23
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-57847-3_1
Host publication: Well-Being in the Information Society. Fruits of Respect : 8th International Conference, WIS 2020, Turku, Finland, August 26–27, 2020, Proceedings
Host publication editor: Cacace, Mirella
Halonen, Raija
Li, Hongxiu
Phuong Orrensalo, Thao
Li, Chenglong
Widén, Gunilla
Suomi, Reima
Conference: International Conference on Well-Being in the Information Society
Type of Publication: A4 Article in conference proceedings
Field of Science: 113 Computer and information sciences
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