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Nurs Clin North Am. 2014 Jun;49(2):213-31. doi: 10.1016/j.cnur.2014.02.008.

Anxiety and stigma in dementia: a threat to aging in place.

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  • 1Department of Gerontology, University of Nebraska at Omaha, 6001 Dodge Street, Omaha, NE 68182, USA.
  • 2University of Illinois College of Nursing, 210 South Goodwin Street, Urbana, IL 61801, USA.
  • 3Donald W. Reynolds Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence, The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, 2252 Cae Drive, Iowa City, IA 52246, USA. Electronic address: kathleen-buckwalter@ouhsc.edu.

Abstract

The number of Americans with dementia is expected to increase as the population ages. Developing dementia is feared by many older adults and may result in anxiety in persons with dementia. This article focuses on anxiety, one of the least understood symptoms associated with dementia in community-dwelling older adults, the stigma of dementia, and the relationship between anxiety and stigma in dementia. When undetected and untreated, anxiety and associated stigma can adversely affect quality of life and the ability to age in place.

Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

KEYWORDS:

Aging in place; Early-stage dementia; Late-life anxiety; Older adults; Stigma

PMID:
24846469
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
PMCID:
PMC4032087
[Available on 2015/6/1]
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