TITLE

The Experience of Relations in Persons with Dementia: A Systematic Meta-Synthesis

AUTHOR(S)
Eriksen, Siren; Helvik, anne-Sofie; Juvet, Lene Kristin; Skovdahl, Kirsti; Førsund, Linn Hege; Grov, Ellen Karine
PUB. DATE
December 2016
SOURCE
Dementia & Geriatric Cognitive Disorders;Dec2016, Vol. 42 Issue 5/6, p342
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Background: Dementia influences a person's experience of social relationships, as described in several studies. In this systematic meta-synthesis of qualitative studies, we aim to interpret and synthesize the experiences of persons with dementias and their relations with others. Summary: Living with dementia changes life, leading to new social roles and different social statuses. Persons with dementia experience being disconnected and dependent on others, feeling like being a burden, and being a person who is treated in paternalistic ways. Family, friends and others with dementia might play significant roles in their ability to maintain a meaningful life. Key Messages: Three categories emerged from the data, change in life, change in relations, and maintenance of meaningful aspects in life; these categories are intertwined and essential in sustaining a lifeline for persons with dementia. The comprehensive meaning of the material is understood as the expression: Living a meaningful life in relational changes.
ACCESSION #
119959197

 

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