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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Group intervention for carers of geriatric patients in India.

J. Henry, A. Jagannathan, K. Bhavana, B. Thomas, S. Bharath, M. Varghese, O. P. Jhirwal and P. T. Sivakumar

Group intervention for carers of geriatric patients: experience from a clinic in India.

Department of Psychiatric Social Work, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS),

Department of Psychiatry, NIMHANS, Bangalore, India

International Psychiatry Volume 7 Number 2 April 2010
Thematic Paper - care for elderly people with mental illness.

" a higher degree of participation was found in session 2 : psychosocial management of the aged person [...] was more of an interactional and experiential session. In this session, family members of patients with dementia often became very emotional and would cry while narrating their experiences. They were able to recollect the premorbid personality of the patient and this, they said, kept them going during times when the patient’s symptoms were at their worst. Some family members were found to be extremely critical of their ill relative and expressed their anger at the degree of deterioration, even though they understood this to be caused by the disease. A few others who had been tending to an ill older relative for several years had a sense of resignation and seemed mildly depressed (sub-clinical). They spoke of their aged family members as a responsibility they recognised was theirs, and seemed to be resigned to their role as carers."

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