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Care of the older person
Quality of life among older adults with Alzheimer’s disease in residential care: who knows best?
  1. Terri Kean
  1. Faculty of Nursing, University of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, Canada
  1. Correspondence to Professor Terri Kean, Faculty of Nursing, University of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown C1A 4P3, Canada; tkean1965{at}gmail.com

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Commentary on: Dewitte L, Vandenbulcke M, Dezutter J. Cognitive functioning and quality of life: diverging views of older adults with Alzheimer and professional care staff. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry 2018;33:1074–1081. doi: 10.1002/gps.4895.

Implications for practice and research

  • Older adults living with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) respond best to patient-centred care that values and affirms personhood and maintains the ‘self’.

  • Research to examine perceptions and attitudes of professional care staff towards AD in older adults may provide insight into pre-existing quality of life (QOL) biases.

Context

As the prevalence of AD grows across the globe, individuals, caregivers and health organisations struggle to cope with the overwhelming personal, economic, and healthcare system challenges that often accompany the condition. With a growing need for residential care facilities to assume care, QOL has …

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