Resilience in early-stage dementia: Lessons learned from early-stage alzheimer education and support groups


Journal Article

A diagnosis of an early-stage dementia poses risks to lifelong resilience in individuals with a diagnosis of dementia and their family care partners. The unique social engagement and support needed for sustained resilience in individuals with early-stage dementias and their families are often overlooked by traditional community-based long-term care services. Lessons learned from 4 consecutive evidence-based early-stage Alzheimer education and support groups highlight how these structured 8-week programs set in motion a new, continuously expanding community to support resilience among individuals with a diagnosis of dementia and their families. Individual perspectives from 35 dyads provide specific examples of supports for resilience. Copyright © 2014 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Matchar, BG; Gwyther, LP

Published Date

  • January 1, 2014

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 30 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 170 - 175

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1550-2414

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0882-7524

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/TGR.0000000000000020

Citation Source

  • Scopus