Hope in early-stage dementia: A concept analysis

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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)297-301
Number of pages5
JournalHolistic nursing practice
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Concept analysis
  • Early-stage dementia
  • Hope

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Complementary and alternative medicine
  • Advanced and Specialized Nursing

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