Cognitive decline and the changing self in relationship

Darby Morhardt*, Marcia Spira

*Corresponding author for this work

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2 Scopus citations


When a member of a family is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, the impact of the disease reverberates throughout the relationships within the family. This paper explores the challenges and strengths within one family as members manage and cope with Alzheimer's disease. The person with dementia and his family members are individually interviewed and each person explores the consequences of the disease on personal well-being as well as the relationships within the family. The family demonstrates how dementia in one family member demands flexibility in family roles as they navigate life through the challenges of living with dementia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPsychosocial Studies of the Individual's Changing Perspectives in Alzheimer's Disease
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781466684799
ISBN (Print)146668478X, 9781466684782
StatePublished - Aug 31 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Health Professions
  • General Medicine
  • General Psychology


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