[Family dynamics in face of Alzheimer's in one of its member]

Rev Esc Enferm USP. 2015 Dec;49(6):933-8. doi: 10.1590/S0080-623420150000600008.
[Article in Portuguese]


Objective: To understand the family dynamics when there is a member in the residence with Alzheimer's disease.

Method: A study of qualitative approach, using the creative sensitive method (CSM), and with participation of two families who had a member with Alzheimer's disease at home.

Results: Three categories emerged: Effects of Alzheimer's disease and the family dynamics; Development process of Alzheimer's disease and Coping strategies in face of the disease.

Conclusion: It was possible to know the manifestations and consequences of Alzheimer's disease in the family, such as mutual help, the mobilization of resources to activate memories of the past, spirituality and faith. There was also understanding of the structure of family dynamics.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Alzheimer Disease*
  • Family Relations*
  • Humans