British Journal of Community Nursing

Early-onset dementia: the impact on family caregivers

FLYNN, R., MULCAHY, H.
British Journal of Community Nursing
2013

Flynn and Mulcahy (2013) used a conceptual model of caregiver burden to examine the impact of early onset dementia on caregivers.

 The authors found that most participants had a negative experience of getting a diagnosis, and that there was a physical, social and emotional burden associated with care giving.  Caregivers particularly referred to the financial burden for those with early onset dementia who may be at the height of their working life.  They also reported the impact of changing relationships and of the lack of knowledge and resources to support them.  

Education in geriatric medicine for community hospital staff

O’HANLON. S., LISTON, R.
British Journal of Community Nursing
2010

O’Hanlon and Liston (2010) used a questionnaire to assess the provision of education in geriatric medicine among community hospital staff.

 While not specific to dementia, the results indicated that staff found dementia and challenging behaviour to be one of the most difficult areas of their practice.  The authors conclude that geriatricians have little input to education in community hospitals and that staff would value regular, structured input.

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