Discuss the social effects of early onset dementia on the family

Howell, Kaia (2010) Discuss the social effects of early onset dementia on the family. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Dementia in people under the age of 65 is commonly known as early onset dementia and is estimated to affect around 15,000 people in the UK (Alzheimer‘s Society, 2007). Previous research has found that this can have a significant effect on the individual with dementia and their family. This study interviewed five participants, two of which had early onset dementia and three who were the main carer for someone with early onset dementia. The findings from the study found that the main affects that the illness has on a family is emotional in respect of: the individual, the family members, the financial situation, the support from outside services and the relationship between family members. It was found that having support from outside services was beneficial to the sufferers as they could have an enjoyable and memorable experience whilst helping the carer by allowing them respite. From the study it is recommended that professionals working with families affected by the illness should prepare for, and be sensitive to, the emotions of each family member so that their needs can be addressed and the appropriate support can be given.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > School of Health Sciences and Social Work
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:15
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/803

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