A practical guide for caregivers of people with dementia

Price, Sarah and Young, Louisa (2005). A practical guide for caregivers of people with dementia.

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Title A practical guide for caregivers of people with dementia
Abstract/Summary Dementia is an irreversible, progressive brain disease which causes a gradual decline in a person's memory, thinking and ability to learn. Personality changes may also occur which impede upon the person's social and working life. The changes in brain functioning experienced by people with dementia affect their physical, social and emotional life as well as the lives of those around them. Currently it is estimated that 162,000 people in Australia who are over the age of 65 have dementia. Caregivers "provide tangible, financial, emotional or informational and coordinated support to an impaired family member". Informal caregivers are very important people and are invaluable to the health care system and the people they care for. The care they provide is critical and without it the person with dementia would not be able to sustain themselves. For this reason, caregivers need to look after every aspect - mental, physical and emotional - of their own health. Unfortunately, people who care for a family member with dementia have high stress levels and suffer from a range of health problems. It has been reported that 66% of caregivers suffer from emotional, mental and physical illnesses as a result of the stress of caring for a person with dementia and that 75% of caregivers of people with dementia are depressed at one time or another.
Keyword Dementia
Alzheimer's Disease
Health care
Date 2005-01-01
Research Fields, Courses and Disciplines 321214 Health and Community Services
321007 Geriatrics and Gerontology
321106 Aged Care Nursing
Author Price, Sarah
Young, Louisa
Open Access Status Other
Additional Notes This project was undertaken as part of a Deans Scholar Project (2004-2005) under the supervision of Dr. Nancy Pachana (School of Psychology, The University of Queensland). Although this document is copyrighted, it can be downloaded by community groups at no cost. Furthermore, this paper was written in early 2005 and certain information, such as telephone numbers and website addresses may have changed. Please consult your current telephone directory to obtain any information which has changed since the publication of this paper.

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