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Escola Anna Nery

versão impressa ISSN 1414-8145versão On-line ISSN 2177-9465

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ILHA, Silomar et al. Alzheimer's disease in elderly/family: Difficulties experienced and care strategies. Esc. Anna Nery [online]. 2016, vol.20, n.1, pp.138-146. ISSN 2177-9465.  https://doi.org/10.5935/1414-8145.20160019.

Objective:

The objective is to acknowledge difficulties experienced by family caregivers of elderly individuals with Alzheimer's disease and build strategies that deal with these difficulties in the process of care for such individuals.

Methods:

This is a descriptive and exploratory study with a qualitative approach, conducted with six family caregivers of elderly individuals with Alzheimer's disease who attended a support group conducted in a city of Rio Grande do Sul state, Southern Brazil. Data were collected between July and August 2013 through the Focus Group technique and subsequently submitted to Strategic Focus Analysis.

Results:

A total of eight categories emerged, related to the physical, mental and social health of those involved and for which strategies of care for the elderly/family were developed.

Conclusion:

Family caregivers experience difficulties of a physical, mental and social nature, which can be minimized through the construction and socialization of care strategies.

Palavras-chave : Aged; Alzheimer's disease; Family; Strategies; Nursing.

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