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Communication Enhancement for Family Caregivers of Individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease

  • Kerry Byrne
  • J. B. Orange

Abstract

Family caregivers of individuals with dementia have been studied extensively over the past two decades by health and psychosocial care researchers representing a diverse range of professions and working in a variety of rehabilitation, long-term care and community settings. Speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, communication specialists, nurses, social workers and psychologists, among other professionals, have all contributed to the extant literature regarding the experiences and needs of family caregivers of individuals with dementia. Given the expanding prevalence of dementia in the aging population worldwide, health and psychosocial care professionals are increasingly faced with the need to provide treatment to individuals with some form of dementia. These professionals are necessarily working in close proximity with family caregivers in community contexts because individuals with dementia continue to live at home and are usually cared for by a family member, typically a spouse (Canadian Study of Health and Aging Working Group 1994).

Keywords

Family Caregiver Nursing Home Resident Caregiver Burden Communication Problem Communication Difficulty 
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