Factors contributing to protection and vulnerability in dementia caregivers

Fan ZHANG, Sheung-Tak CHENG, Manuel GONÇALVES-PEREIRA

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Abstract

Providing care for a family member with dementia can be stressful or even exhausting, and this burden is associated with a higher risk of physical and mental morbidities. Based on a family case discussion, the current chapter addresses the sources of objective and subjective caregiving stress, such as care-recipient's neuropsychiatric symptoms and disruptive behaviors, long hours of caregiving, captivity, negative emotions, and familism. Trying to understand why caregivers remain well and even experience personal uplifts despite the negative consequences of caregiving, we analyze several protective factors including caregiver resilience, self-efficacy, sense of coherence, adaptive coping, and emotion-regulation skills. By discussing the vulnerabilities and strengths of dementia caregivers, more insights can be provided for interventions promoting caregiver' resilience and well-being. Copyright © 2020 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGenetics, neurology, behavior, and diet in dementia: The neuroscience of dementia
EditorsColin R. MARTIN, Victor R. PREEDY
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
PublisherAcademic Press
Chapter45
Pages709-722
Volume2
ISBN (Print)9780128158685
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Citation

Zhang, F., Cheng, S.-T., & Gonçalves-Pereira, M. (2020). Factors contributing to protection and vulnerability in dementia caregivers. In C. R. Martin & V. R. Preedy (Eds.), Genetics, neurology, behavior, and diet in dementia: The neuroscience of dementia (pp. 709-722). United Kingdom: Academic Press.

Keywords

  • Caregiving stress
  • Dementia
  • Family caregiver
  • Protective factors
  • Resilience

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