Presentation Title

Dementia Friendly Community Phase 1: Assessing Attitudes and Knowledge of Dementia in University Students and the Community

Format of Presentation

15-minute lecture to be presented the Saturday of the conference

Presenter Information

Olivia DownFollow

Location

IB 1008

Start Date

30-3-2019 1:30 PM

End Date

30-3-2019 1:45 PM

Abstract

Dementia is a neurodegenerative disease with no current cure, and the incidence of dementia is expected to increase by 60% in the next 15 years. Individuals living with dementia report experiencing negative stigma both from their community, and from their caregivers. Investigations of the relationships between attitudes and knowledge in the local population could help identify interventions that will make the community more inclusive to individuals with dementia.

The aim of this study was to measure attitudes toward, and knowledge of, dementia in both TRU students and the Kamloops community, and assess whether age, education, and familiarity with the disease influence attitudes and knowledge of dementia.

We utilized two sets of questions in our survey: the questions assembled by Phillipson et al. (2014) to assess attitudes toward dementia, and the Dementia Knowledge Assessment Scale (Annear, 2016). Our results indicate lower knowledge of, and similar attitudes toward, dementia as compared with previous studies.

A significant positive correlation was found between knowledge and attitudes; preliminary results also indicate that both knowledge and attitudes are correlated with education level and with having a family member or friend with dementia, but not with age.

Results from this study will identify local attitudes and knowledge about dementia, and potential needs to address any stigma by enhancing awareness and informational support to members of the community via longitudinal study designs.

Department

Psychology

Faculty Advisor

Claudia Gonzalez

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Dementia Friendly Community Phase 1: Assessing Attitudes and Knowledge of Dementia in University Students and the Community

IB 1008

Dementia is a neurodegenerative disease with no current cure, and the incidence of dementia is expected to increase by 60% in the next 15 years. Individuals living with dementia report experiencing negative stigma both from their community, and from their caregivers. Investigations of the relationships between attitudes and knowledge in the local population could help identify interventions that will make the community more inclusive to individuals with dementia.

The aim of this study was to measure attitudes toward, and knowledge of, dementia in both TRU students and the Kamloops community, and assess whether age, education, and familiarity with the disease influence attitudes and knowledge of dementia.

We utilized two sets of questions in our survey: the questions assembled by Phillipson et al. (2014) to assess attitudes toward dementia, and the Dementia Knowledge Assessment Scale (Annear, 2016). Our results indicate lower knowledge of, and similar attitudes toward, dementia as compared with previous studies.

A significant positive correlation was found between knowledge and attitudes; preliminary results also indicate that both knowledge and attitudes are correlated with education level and with having a family member or friend with dementia, but not with age.

Results from this study will identify local attitudes and knowledge about dementia, and potential needs to address any stigma by enhancing awareness and informational support to members of the community via longitudinal study designs.