Korean Family Caregivers’ Experiences With Managing Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia: Keeping Harmony in Daily Life

Jiyeon Kim, Jun Ah Song, Sua Jung, Hongjin Cheon, Jiyeon Kim

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Abstract

Behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) are symptoms of dementia that family caregivers find difficult to manage. Competence in managing BPSD differs according to individual family caregiver. The current study investigated the competence in managing BPSD, focusing on family caregivers who were recognized as managing them well. Twenty-four Korean family caregivers (83% female, mean age = 67 years) living with persons with dementia (PWD) were interviewed. Four themes were derived from the content analysis: Entering and Looking into the World of PWD, Keeping Daily Life in Harmony With BPSD, Becoming an Expert in BPSD, and Balancing Between Caregiving and Myself. Family caregivers minimized the impact of BPSD and maintained life balance. As a result, they were able to continue a harmonious life with PWD.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)141-150
Number of pages10
JournalResearch in gerontological nursing
Volume15
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022 May

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Gerontology
  • Health Policy
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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