Perceptions on the Quality of Life of Caregivers Caring for Older Adults with Alzheimer's Disease
Silva, Diana Da
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This is a descriptive-exploratory, qualitative research. The aim is to analyze the perceptions on the quality of life of caregivers who care for older adults with Alzheimer's Disease. It was conducted in the municipality of Betim, located in the Metropolitan Area of Belo Horizonte, Brazil. 32 interviews were conducted with informal caregivers. Bardin’s theory was used to analyze the qualitative data which presented two empirical categories that affect the quality of life of caregivers; 1) older adults familial support and 2) the burden of caregivers extensive workload. Results have shown that the quality of life of a caregiver can be elevated and improved through social support services provided by healthcare professionals, and health and social policies that will allow for a stronger support for informal caregivers through governmental programs.
Department of Public Health
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