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Coping with Dementia

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Abstract
The aim of this study was to analyse how patients with mild Alzheimer’s disease (AD) cope with the changes they face concerning everyday life and social relations. This study used a grounded theory approach in the analysis of interview data from 11 persons with mild AD, home-living with a spouse. The analysis revealed that the basic social psychological problem faced by patients with mild AD was their awareness of decline in personal dignity and value. Coping strategies used to meet these problems were adaptations to the altered situation in order to maintain a feeling of well-being. The spouse appeared to be the most important social relation. The most significant worries of the
patients were about communication in relation to their spouse, and about the reaction of the spouse to the consequences of the disease.

Keywords coping; dementia; everyday life; patients’ perspective;
social relations
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftDementia
Vol/bind7
Udgave nummer3
Sider (fra-til)287-299
Antal sider12
ISSN1471-3012
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2008

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