Aging is a growing challenge in modern Western societies, being related to the occurrence of dementias affecting various cognitive areas, e.g. language. The proposed project will study interaction patterns in mono- and multilingual encounters between carers and elderly with dementia in Finland.
The research data will consist of video recorded interactions, field notes and interviews from three group homes in the Helsinki area. The methods used are conversation analysis and ethnography.
The project includes two sub-projects: (1) Changing communication in severe dementia and (2) Multilingualism and formulaic language in dementia care. The project will be led by Doc. Camilla Lindholm at the Department of Finnish Language, Finno-Ugrian and Scandinavian Studies, University of Helsinki.
The project will provide new theoretical knowledge about dementia and interaction, and will be applicable to the fields of nursing and welfare.