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Life orientation in Finnish family caregivers' of persons with Alzheimer's disease: A diary study.
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PMID:  23186523     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Family caregivers provide the majority of home care of people with Alzheimer's disease. In this study, we discuss family caregivers' life orientation and changes in life orientation during the first year after the diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease. Family caregivers' unstructured diaries (n = 83), of the first six months after diagnosis (years 2002-2004), were analyzed using qualitative content analysis. Two core themes emerged from the data analysis: the meaning of the onset of Alzheimer's disease for the lives of family caregivers, and restructuring life in its entirety. Family caregivers face challenges in their life orientation after the onset of their family members' Alzheimer's disease. Their personal milieu, familial cohesion, and conception of the future consequentially change. They face multiple challenges in the process of becoming caregivers. In this study, it was revealed that the process starts before the diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease and has an impact on their future. We conclude that family caregivers' well-being should be assessed at the time of the diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease.
Tarja Välimäki; Katri Vehviläinen-Julkunen; Anna-Maija Pietilä; Anne Koivisto
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Nursing & health sciences     Volume:  14     ISSN:  1442-2018     ISO Abbreviation:  Nurs Health Sci     Publication Date:  2012 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-11-28     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  100891857     Medline TA:  Nurs Health Sci     Country:  Australia    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  480-7     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
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© 2012 Wiley Publishing Asia Pty Ltd.
Finnish Doctoral Programme in Nursing Science, University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio, Finland; Department of Nursing Science, University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio, Finland.
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