Dementia seen from multiple perspectives

IEC Conference: cancelled

Have you ever wondered how later and later perspectives would view dementia?

Bettina Wichers M.Sc. and Terri O’Fallon Ph.D. developed a research project that asks this question. By bringing together Terri’s research on STAGES and Bettina’s research and practical experience in diagnostics and dementia counseling, this inquiry comes to a more in-depth perspective of how people perceive and understand dementia.

They embedded 6 new sentence starters related to dementia In the general STAGES Sentence completion test. Then 20 people took the new “Dementia Inventory”. Their responses were scored and sent to a statistician to do a Crombach’s Alpha statistic to ensure reliability and internal consistency.

Next they took all of the responses to the six dementia completions and looked at each developmental response to unfold a trajectory of different views towards Dementia.

We will present our findings at the IEC for the first time, giving a first insight into possible practical implications out of this research.

WICHERS, Bettina


Trainer and Coach, experienced in the field of dementia, doing research
and working as a consultant with an integral approach on dementia,
using the integral map and developmental models. Scientific education in
Gerontology (M.Sc.) and Pedagogy (diploma). Scientific Associate at the
Faculty of Social Work at the University of Cottbus (Germany), lecturer
at the University of Göttingen (Germany).