Reimagining Cozolino’s Learning Principles for Dementia Care Education

Seada Kassie*, Arlene Astell

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Abstract

This perspective piece aims to explore the integration of Louis Cozolino's (2013) andragogical strategies with person-centred dementia care practices to enhance dementia care education. The paper examines the multiple dimensions of learning in adulthood, highlighting the role of neural plasticity and lifelong brain adaptation in shaping learning and experiential strategies. This in-depth evaluation underscores the significance of tailoring andragogical approaches to the needs of adult learners, who, in this context, are care providers for persons with dementia. This is done through proper understanding of the neurobiological realities and the unique learning needs of adults. Such tailored approaches can be aligned with the brain’s adaptive nature by recognizing the intricate interplay of cognitive, emotional, and social dimensions. Highlighting the need for including lessons on the person-centred approach in dementia care education, the paper argues that adult learners – who are essentially part of the dementia care workforce – first need to learn, appreciate, and embrace the approach before applying it in their caregiving practices. This paper presents an overarching argument that integration of Cozolino’s principles of adult learning with tenets of person-centred dementia care could provide a robust framework for dementia care education.
Original languageEnglish
JournalGerontology and Geriatrics Education
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 15 Apr 2024

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