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1 CE Test Hour: Original Research The Experience of Transitioning to a Caregiving Role for a Family Member with Alzheimer's Disease or Related Dementia

Contrada, Emily

AJN The American Journal of Nursing: September 2017 - Volume 117 - Issue 9 - p 33,45
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000524518.67976.2f
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The Experience of Transitioning to a Caregiving Role for a Family Member with Alzheimer's Disease or Related Dementia


To present the results of a study done to explore the lived experiences of people who transition to the role of caregiver for a family member with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia.

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After completing this continuing nursing education activity, you should be able to

  • recognize characteristics of patients with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia and those of their caregivers.
  • identify the findings of this study and its implications for practice.
  1. Alzheimer's disease currently affects about how many million Americans?
    1. 4.3
    2. 5.5
    3. 6.7
  2. About how many Americans currently provide unpaid care for a person with Alzheimer's disease or another dementia?
    1. nearly 9 million
    2. about 12 million
    3. more than 15 million
  3. As dementia progresses, almost all patients develop behavioral and psychological symptoms, such as
    1. aggression.
    2. euphoria.
    3. mania.
  4. An early symptom of dementia is
    1. withdrawal.
    2. wandering.
    3. apathy.
  5. In the author's study, one of the most salient characteristics that participants reported experiencing during the early stage of transitioning to caregiving was
    1. fear.
    2. guilt.
    3. resignation.
  6. For 2 of the study participants, which of the following had preceded their loved one's dementia diagnosis?
    1. a motor vehicle crash
    2. a medical event
    3. a misdiagnosis
  7. Regarding shifting into the role of caregiver, it became apparent to the author during the participants’ interviews that
    1. there was a distinct point at which participants had assumed that role.
    2. the participants had sought alternatives to assuming that role.
    3. the caregiver role had evolved over a period of time.
  8. Several participants discussed how their roles had changed from one of partner to
    1. outcast.
    2. parent.
    3. counselor.
  9. Of the following resources, which was mentioned by 8 participants as their lifeline for information?
    1. The 36-Hour Day
    2. Supporting Family Caregivers
    3. The Forgetting: A Portrait of Alzheimer's
  10. Several participants stated that finding ways to simplify pastimes the care recipients had once enjoyed helped to
    1. distract recipients from depressive thoughts.
    2. give recipients a sense of purpose.
    3. provide periods of respite for caregivers.
  11. A common belief among participants was that having someone to talk to about their situation was
    1. time consuming.
    2. intrusive.
    3. therapeutic.
  12. During the interviews, all of the participants reported using which of the following coping strategies?
    1. humor
    2. travel
    3. exercise
  13. The author noted that several emotions prevailed among the participants, including
    1. acceptance.
    2. ambivalence.
    3. denial.
  14. Aneshensel and colleagues have referred to the period in which caregivers adapt to their loved ones’ difficulties by making small adjustments to everyday routines as the
    1. role acquisition stage.
    2. role enactment stage.
    3. role disengagement stage.
  15. All of the study participants expressed feeling that the caregiving role was
    1. tedious.
    2. manageable.
    3. unwanted.
  16. To describe the grief that caregivers experience when their loved one is still physically present but otherwise absent, Boss coined which of the following terms?
    1. ongoing grief
    2. ambiguous loss
    3. unanticipated sorrow
  17. An unexpected finding that emerged from the author's study was the absence of any mention of
    1. nurses.
    2. self-care.
    3. the future.
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