Title

There's really no other option: Italian Australians' experiences of caring for a family member with dementia

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Routledge

Faculty

Faculty of Health, Engineering and Science

School

School of Psychology and Social Science/Edith Cowan Institute for Education Research

RAS ID

16720

Comments

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Journal of Women and Aging on 14/03/2013 as: Benedetti, R. , Cohen, L. , & Taylor, M. F. (2013). There's really no other option: Italian Australians' experiences of caring for a family member with dementia. Journal of Women and Aging: the multidiciplinary quarterly of psychosocial practice, theory and research, 25(2), 138-164. available online here

Abstract

Dementia is a gradual and progressively degenerative disease that is accompanied by challenging changes in the affected person’s emotions and presenting behaviors. Caring for an individual with dementia is globally recognized as being a considerable burden. This article employed an interpretive phenomenological analytic approach to examine the caregiving experiences of nine Italian Australian caregivers residing in Perth, Western Australia. The findings reveal that the Italian community’s familism values directly impact on the ability of predominantly female caregivers to access informal and formal dementia support care. The wider implications of this finding are discussed in relation to culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) caregivers.

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