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