Alzheimer's care at home: a focus on caregivers strain

Prof Inferm. Apr-Jun 2011;64(2):113-7.


The aging population is increasing worldwide. According to Italian authors, Italy is one of the leading and increasing aging populations in the world. Placing more numbers on the elderly increases the number of people who will live with dementia in the future and in our case of study, in an increase of people with Alzheimer's disease. Researchers have demonstrated that Alzheimer's disease comes with aging and it eventually affects the person's cognitive, emotional, and physical well being. Those who become diagnosed with Alzheimer's will eventually need assistance in their daily living, especially when it begins to progress to a higher stage. Daily assistance can come from staff at a hospital or from family members at home, but whether it is the patient's spouse or offspring, the person caring for the patient forms a burden of responsibility on themselves over time. The objective of this paper is to discuss and compare the effects of the burden placed on the Alzheimer's caregiver: sleep, anxiety and depression, stress, and use or nonuse of support services. The focus of this literature review is to submit what on the research of caregiver strain at home.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Alzheimer Disease* / nursing
  • Anxiety / etiology
  • Caregivers / psychology*
  • Depression / etiology
  • Home Nursing / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Stress, Psychological / etiology*