The purpose of the study was to examine the impact of having family history of Alzheimer's disease in the family. A qualitative method was used to interview 12 respondents who had a parent, grandparent, or sibling with Alzheimer's disease (AD).
A majority of the respondents reported that they experienced emotional challenges due to the fear of getting AD themselves and their caregiving responsibilities. Also, most of the respondents said they would seek genetic testing, even if there continued to be no cure for AD. In terms of coping, most of the respondents reported that they participated in preventative measures to promote healthy aging and also had engaged in some long-term care planning in case they developed AD.
Implications show the need for social work professionals to provide support, education, and resources for family members living at risk of developing AD.
|Advisor:||Ranney, Molly J.|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 48/02M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social work, Clinical psychology|
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