Ageing, dementia and society - an epistemological perspective

Title
Ageing, dementia and society - an epistemological perspective
Authors
Klaus Heese
Keywords
Aging; Belief; Dementia; Psychology; Religion; Culture; Society; Education
Issue Date
2015-06
Publisher
SPRINGER INTERNATIONAL PUBLISHING AG
Citation
SPRINGERPLUS, v. 4, Page. 135-154
Abstract
Recent data show that as populations age, the number of people affected by neurodegenerative dementia is growing at an epidemic pace in various regions of the world. This cross-cultural study examined the relationships among age, gender, ethnicity, religion, and education as well as the attitudes and perceptions related to ageing and dementia. A random sample of 980 participants was selected to represent the multicultural population of Singapore. Data were collected using standardised questionnaires through online portals and by conducting interviews. These data were ultimately analysed by comparing percentage responses and correlation coefficients and by conducting a multiple regression analysis. The results indicate that the perceptions and attitudes of individuals toward ageing and dementia differ among different age groups. Moreover, the level of education attained was significantly correlated with understanding dementia; regardless of education level, Christians had the most positive mindset toward dementia, although most religious individuals did not believe in divine healing. In this study, it was determined that attitudes and perceptions about ageing and dementia are influenced by multiple factors, such as education, age, and religion, and that it is imperative that younger generations develop coping strategies, including healthy lifestyles and social and/or religious communities to provide quality care to the elderly, in general, and to dementia patients, in particular.
URI
https://springerplus.springeropen.com/articles/10.1186/s40064-015-0910-1http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11754/25683
ISSN
2193-1801
DOI
http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s40064-015-0910-1
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