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The Experience of Transitioning to a Caregiving Role for a Family Member with Alzheimer's Disease or Related Dementia is organized by Wolters Kluwer.
Published: Sep 2017
• ANCC - 1.0 CH
• DC - BON 1.0 CH
• FL - BON 1.0 CH
• GA - BON 1.0 CH
Purpose of Activity:
To present the results of a study done to explore the lived experiences of people who transition to the role of caregiver for a family member with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia.
Alzheimer's disease is a chronic, debilitating illness that currently affects an estimated 5.5 million Americans,1 with devastating consequences for those afflicted and their families. Although it's unclear how many more Americans suffer from related dementias (such as vascular dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies, and mixed dementia), the total is undoubtedly higher. The incidence of Alzheimer's disease is expected to double by the year 2050, given the growing population of people over 65 years of age.1 The implications of this are staggering, especially when one considers that average life expectancy in this country is about 78.8 years.2
More than 15 million Americans currently provide unpaid care for a person with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia, with family members providing the majority of such care.1 These caregivers are known to have higher levels of emotional, physical, and financial burden than any other group of caregivers.1 While providing care for any ill or disabled loved one can be overwhelming, patients with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia present unique challenges. People so afflicted are often unaware of their limitations, and many need care for a prolonged period. Caregivers may face the daunting task of providing care for a loved one who can no longer recognize them. As the disease progresses, behavioral and psychological symptoms such as agitation, aggression, depression, anxiety, and other problems reportedly occur in almost all individuals; these can be a major source of stress and burden for caregivers.3
Because disease onset is subtle, caregivers often assume the role of caregiving before they quite realize they are doing so.4 Signs and symptoms of dementia have typically been present for some time before a physician is consulted and a confirmed diagnosis obtained. Indeed, the early symptoms (such as short-term memory problems and apathy) can be confused with those of normal aging, depression, stroke, or Parkinson's disease, among other conditions. Diagnosing Alzheimer's disease and related dementias involves multiple assessments, including comprehensive physical and neurologic examinations, mental status and mood evaluations, and laboratory testing.
After completing this continuing education activity you will be able to:
• Recognize characteristics of patients with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia and those of their caregivers.
• Identify the findings of this study and its implications for practice.
Topics: Alzheimer Disease, Caregivers, Dementia, Older Adults
Neurology, Psychiatry, Family Practice, Gerontology Nursing
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