'Going back to school - An opportunity for lifelong learning for people with dementia in Denmark' Ward et al 2018
It is amazing to see more and more evidence emerging supporting intervention to maintain and indeed maybe potentially improve some cognitive skills of those affected by dementia.
Lifelong learning is a concept that is being adapted across many countries with numerous reported benefits, highlighted by the authors, such as supporting well-being, providing resilience to mental health issue, enhancing self-esteem and confidence. We constantly thrive to learn new things and improve ourselves, regardless of our age, and it may be that the way we approach learning in life may slowly shift from 'get all your education in your 20's' to more spread out approach. In my opinion it is never too late to learn something new!
The authors of the paper rightly pointed out that there is 'a need for greater psychological support to enhance cognitive performance, quality of life and the dignity and personhood of those currently living with dementia.'
VUK Voksenskolen For Undervisning og Kommunikation is a place in Denmark where people can access classes that aim to provide:
Most improvements were shown in the following areas: