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Associate Professor is Keynote Speaker on
Dementia in Cheltenham, England
Shawnee State University’s Associate Professor Christine
Raber, Ph.D., has been invited to speak on dementia at
several conferences including the Gloucestershire Primary
Care Dementia Summit in Cheltenham, England, where she is
the keynote speaker.
project for her doctoral dissertation “Supporting personhood
in dementia: Examining the impact of volition on function in
everyday occupations” was a qualitative study examining
volition in dementia and its relationship to engagement in
everyday occupations. Raber studied eight people with
moderate dementia residing in an assisted living facility,
identifying and exploring the impact of past life interests
and activity patterns on current motivation for activities.
She will be
presenting her research to primary care physicians, dementia
care workers, activity providers, and occupational
therapists. While in England, Raber will be touring
facilities that provide dementia care.
from my study provide an in-depth description and analysis
of volition in persons with moderate dementia, highlighting
the potency of the social environment for this population,”
Raber said. “Continued research in this area may contribute
to improvements in person-centered dementia care.”
She has also
written two journal articles on dementia, “A
phenomenological study of volition in everyday occupations
of older people with dementia” in the British Journal of
Occupational Therapy and “The power of the social
environment in motivating persons with dementia to engage in
occupation: Qualitative findings” in the Physical and
Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics.
Philadelphia, Raber presented “Understanding Volition &
Cognition: A Key to Occupational Engagement” at the Allen
Cognitive Advisors Ltd. & Network Cognitive Symposium 2010.
she will be presenting at the Second International Institute
on the Model of Human Occupation in Chicago.
works with student research teams at SSU on studies
continuing this line of research.