KeywordsHealth Sciences, Nursing.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThis exploratory study was designed to describe, analyze and understand from the perspective of a primary caregiver husband, what it is like to care for a wife with middle stage Alzheimer's Disease. Using the ethnographic approach, three spouses with wives suffering from Alzheimer's Disease were interviewed and two spouses were observed in their home during one dinnertime period. Analysis of data yielded five domains of meaning: lifestyle change concerns, helplessness/powerlessness, care for own, concerns for future and coping. Two cultural themes emerged as "alone" and "hopeless". Implications for nursing practice include increasing the awareness and understanding among health care professionals of the desperate nature of the caregiver' s burden. Additionally, the caregiver's coping skills need to be maintained and enhanced as they "care for their own" and attempt to keep themselves mentally and physically healthy.
Degree ProgramGraduate College