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

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
From College of Nursing (J.K., J.-A.S., S.J., H.C., J.K.) and BK21 FOUR R&E Center for Learning Health Systems (J.-A.S.), Korea University, Seoul, Republic of Korea. Disclosure: The authors have disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise. Funding: This research was supported by the Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea funded by the Ministry of Education (2017R1D1A1B03033403) and Korean government (2019R1A2C1086649). Acknowledgment: The authors acknowledge the cooperation of the local dementia centers. Address correspondence to Jun-Ah Song, PhD, RN, College of Nursing and BK21 FOUR R&E Center for Learning Health Systems, Korea University, 145 Anam-ro Seongbuk-gu, Seoul 02841, Republic of Korea; email: jasong@korea.ac.kr. Received: September 1, 2021; Accepted: January 26, 2022; Posted online: April 1, 2022. doi:10.3928/19404921-20220324-02

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing
  • Gerontology
  • Health Policy
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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