Quality of life on the views of older family carers of people with dementia

Oliveira, Deborah and Vass, Catherine D. and Aubeeluck, Aimee (2017) Quality of life on the views of older family carers of people with dementia. Dementia . pp. 1-20. ISSN 1741-2684

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Abstract

Older family carers of people with dementia represent an increasing but overlooked population of family carers. This research aimed to explore how these individuals make sense of their own quality of life and to identify the factors that enhance or compromise this. Four focus groups were conducted in 2014 with 19 older family carers in community-based support groups in Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom. Data was transcribed verbatim and analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. Thirty-three subthemes emerged and were collated into three superordinate themes: 1) aspects of care and caregiving, 2) feelings and concerns, and 3) satisfaction with life and caregiving. This study identified a broad range of aspects that are of particular importance to the QoL of older family carers of people with dementia. These findings are expected to inform future research as well as health and social care providers with the aim of improving life quality for this population.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Caregivers, dementia, quality of life, ageing, Alzheimer’s disease, interpretative phenomenological analysis, qualitative research, focus groups
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Medicine > Division of Psychiatry and Applied Psychology
Identification Number: 10.1177/1471301217700741
Depositing User: De Oliveira, Deborah
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2017 08:40
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2017 01:18
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/41661

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