AdvisorNewlon, Betty J.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractAlzheimer's disease affects over three million Americans, most of whom are over age sixty-five. Using qualitative naturalistic inquiry to identify areas of concern for elderly spousal caregivers were identified, in order to; add to the knowledge base, aid in the improvement of existing services and in research and development of new ones. Using an open-ended interview the perceptions of elderly spousal caregivers of patients with Alzheimer's disease were elicited. A constant comparative analysis of the data was made by the use of an ethnograph program to draw conclusions about caregiver needs and the ability of community resources to meet those needs. Barriers are identified and recommendations for future research and community resources are presented.