Transforming Exasperations into Blesslings: Finding Meaning in the Alzheimer's Disease Family Caregiving Experience

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/160236
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Presentation
Title:
Transforming Exasperations into Blesslings: Finding Meaning in the Alzheimer's Disease Family Caregiving Experience
Abstract:
Transforming Exasperations into Blesslings: Finding Meaning in the Alzheimer's Disease Family Caregiving Experience
Conference Sponsor:Midwest Nursing Research Society
Conference Year:2004
Author:Butcher, Howard, PhD, RN, CS
Title: Assistant Professor
Contact Address:College of Nursing -324 NB, 324 NB, Iowa City, IA, 52242, USA
Co-Authors:Kathleen Buckwalter, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor
Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease is one of the most stressful, challenging experiences family members face. This study examines how caregivers can shape the frustrations and exasperations of caring for a family member with Alzheimer's disease into blessings. As a means to develop a better understanding of how family caregivers find meaning amidst the suffering of caring for a person with Alzheimer’s Disease, Heidegger’s interpretive approach was used to analyze an exemplar case from an original phenomenological study of 103 informal family caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s Disease living at home. Stories of loss, grief, and healing can provide powerful examples of transforming even the most crushing forms of loss into hope and meaning. Heidegger's approach is particularly relevant to the analysis since he proposes human experience is hermeneutically meaningful and that narrative forms are the primary scheme by means of which meaningfulness is manifested. When asked to describe the experience of caring for her husband with Alzheimer’s disease, the caregiver initially vividly describes the exasperations of caring for her husband for the past 15 years and her feelings of emptiness and loss. At the same time, she vividly describes how “blessed” and “lucky” she feels and how “a day without him would be meaningless.” Her account prompted us to ask: "How does the caregiver feel both exasperated and blessed? Three major themes emerged from the analysis and provides insight into how caregivers can find meaning, create new possibilities, and shape the frustrations and exasperations into blessings. Exasperations were transformed into blessings by : living cherished memories, creating a happy life by living life intensely, and counting one’s blessings. The paper concludes with a description of strategies nurses can use to facilitate the meaning-making in caregivers unable to naturally find meaning amid the exasperations of the caregiving experience.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Midwest Nursing Research Society

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleTransforming Exasperations into Blesslings: Finding Meaning in the Alzheimer's Disease Family Caregiving Experienceen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/160236-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Transforming Exasperations into Blesslings: Finding Meaning in the Alzheimer's Disease Family Caregiving Experience</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Midwest Nursing Research Society</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2004</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Butcher, Howard, PhD, RN, CS</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value"> Assistant Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">College of Nursing -324 NB, 324 NB, Iowa City, IA, 52242, USA</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">Kathleen Buckwalter, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease is one of the most stressful, challenging experiences family members face. This study examines how caregivers can shape the frustrations and exasperations of caring for a family member with Alzheimer's disease into blessings. As a means to develop a better understanding of how family caregivers find meaning amidst the suffering of caring for a person with Alzheimer&rsquo;s Disease, Heidegger&rsquo;s interpretive approach was used to analyze an exemplar case from an original phenomenological study of 103 informal family caregivers of persons with Alzheimer&rsquo;s Disease living at home. Stories of loss, grief, and healing can provide powerful examples of transforming even the most crushing forms of loss into hope and meaning. Heidegger's approach is particularly relevant to the analysis since he proposes human experience is hermeneutically meaningful and that narrative forms are the primary scheme by means of which meaningfulness is manifested. When asked to describe the experience of caring for her husband with Alzheimer&rsquo;s disease, the caregiver initially vividly describes the exasperations of caring for her husband for the past 15 years and her feelings of emptiness and loss. At the same time, she vividly describes how &ldquo;blessed&rdquo; and &ldquo;lucky&rdquo; she feels and how &ldquo;a day without him would be meaningless.&rdquo; Her account prompted us to ask: &quot;How does the caregiver feel both exasperated and blessed? Three major themes emerged from the analysis and provides insight into how caregivers can find meaning, create new possibilities, and shape the frustrations and exasperations into blessings. Exasperations were transformed into blessings by : living cherished memories, creating a happy life by living life intensely, and counting one&rsquo;s blessings. The paper concludes with a description of strategies nurses can use to facilitate the meaning-making in caregivers unable to naturally find meaning amid the exasperations of the caregiving experience.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T22:45:09Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T22:45:09Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipMidwest Nursing Research Societyen_GB
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