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Revista Brasileira de Geriatria e Gerontologia

Print version ISSN 1809-9823On-line version ISSN 1981-2256

Abstract

VALCARENGHI, Rafaela Vivian et al. Parkinson’s disease: coping and coexistence. Rev. bras. geriatr. gerontol. [online]. 2019, vol.22, n.6, e190170.  Epub June 15, 2020. ISSN 1981-2256.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/1981-22562019022.190170.

Objective:

To know the ways of coping when living with Parkinson’s disease.

Method:

The methodological framework used was the Grounded Theory. Thirty people diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease registered at the Parkinson Santa Catarina Association, SC, Brazil. participated in the in-depth interview. After the data coding process, five people with the disease validated the findings. Data collection took place between September 2013 to April 2014.

Results:

The categories that emerged were: Share activities with people with Parkinson’s disease; Have family support; Seek healthy living: activities for self-esteem and quality of life. Discussion: The study highlights the importance of family company in promoting patient stability and self-esteem, where family support helps in coping with the health condition.

Conclusion:

It was possible to know the ways of coping to live with the disease, especially in sharing experiences with peers; family support, leisure activities, and lifestyle changes; Such characteristics are pertinent to the health care of people with neurodegenerative diseases.

Keywords : Parkinson Disease; Social Support; Nursing; Family; Qualitative Research.

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