Experience in coping with Alzheimer's Disease at home : A study of Chinese family caregivers

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-14
Journal / PublicationJournal of Social Work in Disability and Rehabilitation
Volume4
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 5 Jan 2006
Externally publishedYes

Abstract

Alzheimer's Disease is a form of progressive dementia associated with diffuse degeneration of the brain, and has become more common in Hong Kong as the population has aged. Individuals with Alzheimer's Disease may experience symptoms such as memory loss, poor judgement, and incontinence. They generally lack self-care ability and require considerable care as their illness progresses. As the traditional caring function of Chinese families has been eroded, individuals with the disease pose new challenges to their family caregivers. Research using an intensive interview method revealed that family caregivers of people with Alzheimer's Disease suffer heavy psycho-social, financial, and physical burdens. © 2005 by The Haworth Press, Inc. All rights reserved.

Research Area(s)

  • Alzheimer's Disease, Caregivers, Chinese family, Dementia, Family coping, Home care