The Alzheimer patient in the family context: how to help the family to cope
Alzheimer’s disease is the commonest type of dementia. At the present time, there are no medical or surgical measures for curing it or for preventing its appearance — and there will be none in the near future.
During the years that elapse between the onset of the disease and the death of the patient (average 8.1 years), a ‘continuum of care’ responding to specific criteria — adaptation to the patient’s condition, flexibility in relation to the course of the disease, easy and free access to health services — must be provided.
the society, or the nation, as a whole, which bears the economic burden;
the family, in whose bosom, traditionally, the person with this disease is provided with care for as long as possible.
Before looking at these 3 aims in more detail, it is important to know why the social aspects of the disease have been arousing such great interest in the last few years.
KeywordsAlzheimer Patient Economic Burden Residential Care Family Care Family Context
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