Psychosocial interventions for persons with Alzheimer’s dementia and their caregivers

Authors

  • Marina Milić Babić
  • Silvia Rusac
  • Tereza Oreb

Abstract

Alzheimer’s dementia (AD) is a neurodegenerative, progressive disease of heterogeneous
aetiology, characterised by cognitive impairment, entailing severe difficulties in the
daily functioning of persons affected by the disorder and requiring the assistance of non-
formal caregivers. Research showed that an early diagnosed AD may increase medical and
developmental outcomes for patients. This paper aims to underscore the importance of early
intervention from the diagnostic and rehabilitation standpoint and highlight the pivotal role
of family members who act as non-formal caregivers of persons affected by the disease. Early
intervention involves early diagnostic and rehabilitation interventions, including support
programmes for family members as non-formal caregivers. Support networks contribute to
the quality of care for patients and non-formal caregivers. In terms of support, recognising
the needs of family caregivers is essential for ensuring timely and effective formal support
mechanisms. As favourable aspects of AD are rarely evoked, the role of helping professions is
to assist in identifying opportunities and supporting patients and their families accordingly

Published

2021-10-11