Caregivers' Deepest Feelings in Living with Alzheimer's Disease A Ricoeurian Interpretation of Family Caregivers' Journals
ABSTRACT Caring for a person with Alzheimer's disease (AD) challenges family caregivers with existential questions about what is the right thing to do for themselves and their care recipient. This study extracted themes spontaneously occurring in self-disclosure through expressive writing and sheds phenomenological insight into the deepest feelings revealed by caregivers of loved ones with AD. The personal journals of 24 caregivers were analyzed in the framework of Ricoeur's philosophy of ethics based on the concept of personal identity. Caregivers reflected on themes in friendship, self-esteem, authenticity, and capacity to act with the ethical intention to stay present while the care recipient is disappearing. Engaging the text within Ricoeur's ethically sensitive philosophy and methodology illuminated the benefit of writing interventions that allow caregivers to speak about conflicted states regarding their own humanity in the caregiver experience.
Article: Resilience in Older Adults[Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: Resilience is conceptualized as a global term that refers to a process by which people bounce back from adversity and reintegrate and ideally grow from the experience. Resilience develops and changes over time through ongoing experiences. There are several different types of resilience including general health resilience, psychological resilience, emotional resilience, dispositional resilience, and physical resilience. There are also numerous ways in which to measure and evaluate resilience. Resilience is not static, and interventions can be implemented to help older adults strengthen their resilience and thereby improve outcomes following challenging events.Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation 07/2014; 30(3):155-163. DOI:10.1097/TGR.0000000000000024 · 0.14 Impact Factor