Meaningful Activity in Nursing Homes

 Life Stories: Narrative as a Method of Discerning Meaning

This study, lead by Beverly K. Lunsford, PhD, RN and Shira Klapper, was recently funded by the National Collaborative on Aging (NCOA). The Pioneer Network and other “Culture-Change” advocacy groups, which seek to transform long-term care from a medical model to a more social, person-centered model, have called for the introduction of “meaningful activity” into long-term care settings as a way to address mental-health issues among residents. This study will address the vital need for research in which kinds of activities and encounters bring meaning to residents.  Drawing on the methodology of life-story narratives, the interviews are designed to gain insight into residents’ understanding of meaningful activity throughout their lives and in long-term care.