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Exploring holistic care approach for early-stage dementia: a grounded theory study shows the importance of social and emotional dimensions
  1. Wenxiang Guo1,
  2. Paolo Mazzola1,2,3
  1. 1School of Medicine and Surgery, Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca, Monza, Italy
  2. 2Acute Geriatrics Unit, Fondazione IRCCS San Gerardo dei Tintori, Monza, Italy
  3. 3NeuroMI - Milan Center for Neuroscience, Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca, Milano, Italy
  1. Correspondence to Professor Paolo Mazzola, School of Medicine and Surgery, Universita degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca, Monza, Italy; paolo.mazzola{at}

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Commentary on: Kung PC, Huang HL, Hsu WC, et al. Coexisting with anomie: Experiences of persons living with early-stage dementia: A grounded theory study. Int J Ment Health Nurs 2024;33(2):452-462.

Implications for practice and research

  • Adopting a holistic care approach for individuals living with early-stage dementia is crucial, addressing not only their physical symptoms but also psychosocial and emotional needs.

  • There is need for further exploration of anomie in the context of dementia, as well as longitudinal and comparative studies to expand the understanding of its implications towards developing effective intervention strategies.


Dementia, recently renamed as ‘major neurocognitive disorder’, manifests with a multitude of symptoms leading to varying disease progression and expression1 2 influenced by age of onset, physical condition, environment and emotional state of persons living with dementia (PLWD). The early stages embody coping with the drop of cognition and functional capacity as well as social stigma and …

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