International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
Young-onset Alzheimer dementia: a comparison of Brazilian and Norwegian carers' experiences and needs for assistance
Although dementia typically occurs in older people, it can also emerge in people aged younger than 65 years in the form of young-onset dementia, the most common type of which is Alzheimer's disease (AD). However, few studies have examined the needs of persons with young-onset AD (YO-AD) and their families, and cross-cultural research on the topic is even scarcer. In response, we investigated the situations, experiences and needs for assistance of carers of persons with YO-AD in Brazil and Norway.
Methods: As part of our qualitative study, we formed a convenience sample of Brazilian (n = 9; 7 women) and Norwegian carers (n = 11; 6 women) in 2014 and 2015, respectively, and analysed data in light of a modified version of grounded theory.
Results: Carers' narratives from both countries revealed five common themes in terms of how YO-AD affected carers' psychological and emotional well-being, physical well-being, professional and financial well-being, social lives and need for support services.
Conclusions: The infrequent differences between carers of persons with YO-AD in Brazil and Norway indicate that carers' problems are highly similar regardless of cultural differences and public services provided
International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 2017