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What is an older husband’s experience of caring for his wife who has dementia?

Nel, K. and Board, M., 2019. What is an older husband’s experience of caring for his wife who has dementia? Nursing Older people. (In Press)

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DOI: 10.7748/nop.2019.e1214

Abstract

There are a significant number of informal carers looking after people who have dementia. Women’s caregiving experiences are well documented. However, there is a substantially smaller amount of research specifically investigating the male carer perspective. This literature review considers older husbands’ perceptions of supporting their wives who have dementia. The findings suggest that husbands are committed to their caregiving role but can feel socially isolated. The caregiving role of older men has altered the dynamic within the marriage. Husbands continue to show commitment towards their spouses but feel that male-only support groups could offer some respite from their responsibilities. Nurses need to take time to listen to husband’s experiences, offering emotional support and signposting them to other services that can offer assistance. Further research on the long-term effects and support needs of older male carers is needed.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:1472-0795
Uncontrolled Keywords:dementia; older husbands; male spouse; caregivers; experiences; perceptions
Group:Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
ID Code:32668
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:27 Aug 2019 14:20
Last Modified:06 Nov 2019 11:05

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