Health Promotion for Older Adults with Early-Stage Dementia: Tending to the Mind, Body, and Spirit

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Fall 2008

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LLI Review


This article describes the experience of offering Health Promotion for the Mind, Body, and Spirit for people with early-stage dementia at the OLLI at the University of Southern Maine. The need for community-based programs and services that provide non-stigmatized, normalized environments where people can participate in learning opportunities is highlighted. People with early-stage dementia still want to learn, grow, and find meaning and purpose in their lives despite their circumstances. The authors encourage lifelong learning institutes in the United States and elsewhere to consider including older adults with early-stage dementia in their learning communities.