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

Petrus Y N NG*, H. O. Wing-Chung

*Corresponding author for this work

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-14
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Social Work in Disability and Rehabilitation
Volume4
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 5 Jan 2006

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Sociology and Political Science

User-Defined Keywords

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

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