Caregivers to people with dimentia: is their grief recognised?

Goodyear, Jane (2011) Caregivers to people with dimentia: is their grief recognised? BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This dissertation is a literature review to examine how a diagnosis of dementia emotionally affects spouse and partner carers.

    No one knows what is in the future for them when entering a relationship, albeit when we are younger, middle aged or older. We are not prepared for being the main carer for a person with a debilitating illness and the stigma, isolation and anxiety that can go hand in hand with this, the feelings of loss when your partner is there in body, but their memory has deteriorated. They cannot remember their past, the holidays, family occasions and memories once held so dear, have now been forgotten.

    Dementia can affect people of any age but it is most common in older people. One in six people over 80 and one in fourteen people over 65 have a form of dementia. Dementia is a progressive condition that means symptoms become more severe over time. (Dementia U.K., 2007, p. 2).

    Whilst the writer acknowledges many emotions are experienced by caregivers, it is her intention to focus on grief and loss of the person that is still alive, although cognitively impaired and the impact upon their relationship. Grief can be mistaken for depression. The writer proposes to research through the three stages – early, middle and late, of dementia and to explore death as the finality.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > School of Health Sciences and Social Work
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2011 09:26
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:40
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/4195

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