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Alzheimer's Care Today:
doi: 10.1097/ACQ.0b013e3181f8bbf0
Feature Topic: Dementia Care Environments: Research

Exploring Resources for Persons with Dementia and Their Caregivers: An Examination of Older-Adult Community and Faith-Based Programs

Conner, Ruth S. MSN, RN, FNP-BC; Nemeth, Lynne S. PhD, RN

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Abstract

This study assessed community and faith-based resources available for persons with dementia (PWD) in a moderate-sized southeastern US city. A qualitative descriptive design approach was implemented using semistructured interviews with 13 key informants. The results showed that the principal challenge associated with caring for PWD is caregiver stress. Improved program, facility, and health care provider support were identified as the primary needs for PWD and their caregivers. Religious support at the church site and in the home was identified to be the key role for faith communities in providing assistance to PWD and their caregivers.

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