Title: Potential Requirements for Lifelong Learning Institutions’ Acceptance of Individuals With Dementia in Regular Classes: Preliminary Findings in a Super-aged Society
Stream: Adult, Lifelong & Distance Learning
Presentation Type: Virtual Poster Presentation
Naoko Suzuki, Tokushima University, Japan
With increased numbers of people living with dementia, how to achieve dementia-friendly communities according to varied localities has been added to the global agenda. This study highlights potential requirements for lifelong learning institutions' acceptance of students with dementia in regular classes through examination of some noticeable cases occurring in and out of the regular classroom. The case-study approach was employed at a lifelong learning institution at a university in Japan. Classroom observations and interviews with two clerical staff members were conducted to clarify possible problems and issues with individuals with dementia who continue learning at educational institutions in their local communities. Preliminary findings suggest that, although individuals with dementia tend to express their eagerness to learn, the main problems were: difficulty in selecting courses; repetitive and stereotypical behaviour during classes; disharmony and dissidence in discussion; wandering during and after the break; the possibility of worsening symptoms due to instructors’ lack of sufficient knowledge about dementia. Based on these findings, the following potential requirements for educational institutions in accepting students with dementia are suggested: introducing appropriate training programmes for both teaching and clerical staff; developing special teaching methods for individuals with dementia at educational institutions; renovating physical environments; establishing a cooperative relationship with those in other fields; raising awareness among ordinary students; determining the range of educational services for individuals with dementia; and considering care partners' opportunities for lifelong learning. Overall, further investigation will be required to establish more seriously the universal values of educational institutions' intervention.
Conference Comments & FeedbackPlace a comment using your LinkedIn profile
Share this Presentation