2016 | 2 (12) /2016 Present – Absent Older people in the family | 33-48
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“Accompanying on the way” as a relationship in alzheimer’s disease

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The author shows Alzheimer`s disease as an example of existential struggles constantly present in human life, especially in the context of family carers. In this article, the relation in Alzheimer`s disease is described as “accompanying on the way”, which helps to face the great hardships of this condition. The author characterized “accompanying on the way” as several types of relations, such as geragogical, social, personal, relations with another person, “be” relation. The analyzed experiences of three family carers of Alzheimer`s disease patients, show several dimensions and principles of “accompanying on the way” relation. Those are: personal dimension (personalistic) – which is a rule of respecting a patient as a human being (person); emotional dimension – the rule of creating and maintaining positive emotions; community dimension – obligation to build community bonds within a family and social environment of a patient; communication dimension – obligation to constant communication with a patient, including understanding and conversation.
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