Four major existential themes are explored, as they relate to the predicament of the relative supporting a demented elderly dependent at home. These issues, namely, death, isolation, freedom, and meaning are discussed with respect to their dynamic impact on the stressed supporter as well as their implications for anxiety management.
This study examined the effects of Supporter Endurance Training (SET) on family supporters of elderly demented patients. Single case methodology was used in evaluating the outcome of providing eight supporters with eight weekly training sessions in meditative relaxation and assertiveness. Four such supporters received no special training. A videotape… (More)