Portraits of people with dementia: three case studies of creating portraits

Gemma Webster, Deborah Fels

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Communication difficulties associated with late-stage dementia can make it difficult for care staff in residential environments to get to know people with dementia. This lack of knowledge can have a negative effect on the social environment of residential facilities, which can have a detrimental effect on the health and well-being of the residents and the job satisfaction of the staff. In this article, we discuss the creation of portraits of people with dementia to aid care staff in understanding the individual. The major findings of these case studies include that it is possible for families to create portraits of their relatives within a relatively short period of time and families found the process enjoyable and a good trigger for reminiscence.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)371-376
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias
Issue number4
Early online date17 May 2013
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2013


  • dementia
  • multimedia
  • portraits


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