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Quality of life on the views of older family carers of people with dementia

Oliveira, Deborah; Vass, Catherine D.; Aubeeluck, Aimee

Authors

Deborah Oliveira deborah.deoliveira@nottingham.ac.uk

Catherine D. Vass catherine.vass@nottingham.ac.uk

AIMEE AUBEELUCK aimee.aubeeluck@nottingham.ac.uk
Professor of Health Psychology Education



Abstract

Older family carers of people with dementia represent an increasing but overlooked population of family carers. This research aimed to explore how these individuals make sense of their own quality of life and to identify the factors that enhance or compromise this. Four focus groups were conducted in 2014 with 19 older family carers in community-based support groups in Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom. Data was transcribed verbatim and analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. Thirty-three subthemes emerged and were collated into three superordinate themes: 1) aspects of care and caregiving, 2) feelings and concerns, and 3) satisfaction with life and caregiving. This study identified a broad range of aspects that are of particular importance to the QoL of older family carers of people with dementia. These findings are expected to inform future research as well as health and social care providers with the aim of improving life quality for this population.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Mar 30, 2017
Journal Dementia
Print ISSN 1471-3012
Electronic ISSN 1741-2684
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
APA6 Citation Oliveira, D., Vass, C. D., & Aubeeluck, A. (2017). Quality of life on the views of older family carers of people with dementia. Dementia, https://doi.org/10.1177/1471301217700741
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/1471301217700741
Keywords Caregivers, dementia, quality of life, ageing, Alzheimer’s disease, interpretative phenomenological analysis, qualitative research, focus groups
Publisher URL http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1471301217700741
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf

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