In this interview, ACCESS Health Chair and President, Sofia Widén, interviews Janne Rosvik about her work at the Norwegian Advisory Unit for Aging and Health in Oslo, Norway.
The interview focuses on caregiving methods that may improve the quality of life and reduce agitation and depression among individuals who live with dementia. In Norway, eighty percent of all persons who live in care homes suffer from dementia. Rosvik argues that it is the responsibility of family members, friends, and caregivers to do their best to interpret the signals of a person who suffers from dementia by actively assuming the perspective of the individual.
The examples of care giving methods described in this interview are a lesson on developing person centered models for dementia care.