Family dynamics in face of Alzheimer's in one of its members

  • Barbara Alana Vizzachi Universidade Federal de São Paulo; Escola Paulista de Enfermagem
  • Celina Daspett Universidade Federal de São Paulo; Escola Paulista de Enfermagem
  • Maria Goreti da Silva Cruz Universidade Federal de São Paulo; Escola Paulista de Enfermagem
  • Ana Lúcia de Moraes Horta Universidade Federal de São Paulo; Escola Paulista de Enfermagem

Abstract

OBJECTIVE To understand the family dynamics when there is a member in the residence with Alzheimer's disease. METHOD A study of qualitative approach, using the creative sensitive method (CSM), and with participation of two families who had a member with Alzheimer's disease at home. RESULTS Three categories emerged: Effects of Alzheimer's disease and the family dynamics; Development process of Alzheimer's disease and Coping strategies in face of the disease. CONCLUSION It was possible to know the manifestations and consequences of Alzheimer's disease in the family, such as mutual help, the mobilization of resources to activate memories of the past, spirituality and faith. There was also understanding of the structure of family dynamics.

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Published
2015-12-01
How to Cite
Vizzachi, B., Daspett, C., Cruz, M., & Horta, A. (2015). Family dynamics in face of Alzheimer’s in one of its members . Revista Da Escola De Enfermagem Da USP, 49(6), 931-936. https://doi.org/10.1590/S0080-623420150000600008
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