Hope in early-stage dementia: a concept analysis

Holist Nurs Pract. Sep-Oct 2009;23(5):297-301. doi: 10.1097/HNP.0b013e3181b66d4f.


Hope is central to the adjustment process in early-stage dementia when trying to maintain a sense of normalcy and developing cognitive, social, and behavioral strategies to improve confidence. Maintaining hope, helping others, and living within a supportive social network can positively influence adaptation to daily living and to the preservation of self-concept. Utilizing Walker and Avant's method of concept analysis, the literature was examined to explore hope in early-stage dementia and to identify the dynamics and components of the hope experience. Gaining an understanding of the concept of hope in early-stage dementia will aid nurses and other healthcare professionals to help people with early-stage dementia and their family caregivers find ways of maintaining hope and strengthening a sense of self.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological*
  • Caregivers / psychology*
  • Dementia / nursing
  • Dementia / psychology*
  • Emotions
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Professional-Family Relations
  • Self Concept
  • Social Support