What is it about?
The researchers administered a battery of different self-report instruments in a sample of 149 patients with early Alzheimer's disease (AD) to gather information on quality of life, mood, stigma, life satisfaction, self-efficacy, and understanding of the illness and its consequences. The study found that eighty-three percent of patients had moderate-to-severe hopelessness, 22.1% had depressive symptoms, and 36.9% felt stigmatized. The quality of life showed significant negative correlations with depression, subjective emotional and practical consequences, stigma, and hopelessness.
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Why is it important?
Stigma, depressive symptoms and feelings of hopelessness are common problems in early stages of AD, even in a population with a short disease duration and minimal cognitive impairment. Understanding patients' perceptions may facilitate adopting specific strategies to develop psychological resources to foster living well with AD.
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This page is a summary of: Quality of Life and the Experience of Living with Early-Stage Alzheimer’s Disease, Journal of Alzheimer s Disease, November 2022, IOS Press,
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