Hope in early-stage dementia

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Abstract

Hope is central to the adjustment process in early-stage dementia when trying to maintain a sense of normalcy and developing cognitive, social, and behavioral strategies to improve confidence. Maintaining hope, helping others, and living within a supportive social network can positively influence adaptation to daily living and to the preservation of self-concept. Utilizing Walker and Avant's method of concept analysis, the literature was examined to explore hope in early-stage dementia and to identify the dynamics and components of the hope experience. Gaining an understanding of the concept of hope in early-stage dementia will aid nurses and other healthcare professionals to help people with early-stage dementia and their family caregivers find ways of maintaining hope and strengthening a sense of self.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)232-237
Number of pages6
JournalAlzheimer's Care Today
Volume10
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1 2009
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Concept analysis
  • Early-stage dementia
  • Hope

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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