Facing the times: a young onset dementia support group: Facebook™ style

Craig, Denise, and Strivens, Edward (2016) Facing the times: a young onset dementia support group: Facebook™ style. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 35 (1). pp. 48-53.

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Abstract

Young onset dementia accounts for up to 1 in 10 dementia diagnoses. Those diagnosed face premature transition into the realm of aged care services and adjustment to an illness of ageing prior to age 65. To help elicit communication of the perceived psychosocial needs of this group, provide a platform to gain peer support and advocate for increased awareness, the Young Onset Dementia Support Group was established on the social networking site, Facebook™. Followers post comments, read educational or otherwise interesting news feeds, share inspirational quotes and access others living with dementia worldwide. Facebook provides a means of rapid global reach in a way that allows people with dementia to increase their communications and potentially reduce isolation. This paper was authored by the page administrators. We aim to highlight the promising utility of a social network platform just entering its stride amongst health communication initiatives.

Item ID: 45520
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1741-6612
Keywords: Alzheimer disease, dementia, Facebook, self-help groups, social media
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2016 07:48
FoR Codes: 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4203 Health services and systems > 420313 Mental health services @ 50%
40 ENGINEERING > 4006 Communications engineering > 400699 Communications engineering not elsewhere classified @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920112 Neurodegenerative Disorders Related to Ageing @ 50%
89 INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION SERVICES > 8901 Communication Networks and Services > 890103 Mobile Data Networks and Services @ 50%
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