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Wolfs, C.

Needs and quality of life of people with middle-stage dementia and their family carers from the European Actifcare study. When informal care alone may not suffice

Objective: The Actifcare (Access to timely formal care) study investigated needs of people with dementia and their families during the phase in which formal care is being considered, and examined whether higher need levels are related to lower quality of life (QOL). Method: From eight European countries 451 people with dementia and their carers participated. Needs were measured with the Camberwell Assessment of Need for the Elderly. QOL was measured with the QOL-AD, and carer quality of life was measured with the CarerQol.

Wed, 04/03/2019 - 09:36

Caregiver profiles in dementia related to quality of life, depression and perseverance time in the European Actifcare study: the importance of social health

Objectives: To identify caregiver profiles of persons with mild to moderate dementia and to investigate differences between identified caregiver profiles, using baseline data of the international prospective cohort study Actifcare. 

Methods: A latent class analysis was used to discover different caregiver profiles based on disease related characteristics of 453 persons with dementia and their 453 informal caregivers. These profiles were compared with regard to quality of life (CarerQoL score), depressive symptoms (HADS-D score) and perseverance time. 

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 15:18

Access to community care for people with dementia and their informal carers : Case vignettes for a European comparison of structures and common pathways to formal care

Background: People with dementia and their informal carers often do not receive appropriate professional support or it is not received at the right time.; Objectives: Description and comparison of common pathways to formal community dementia care in eight European countries as a part of the transnational Actifcare project.; Materials and Methods: The German team was responsible for creating an individual case scenario as a starting point.

Wed, 01/23/2019 - 15:21