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PEROSANZ CALLEJA, María de et al. Association of relatives of Alzheimer patients filling a gap. Gerokomos [online]. 2017, vol.28, n.1, pp.15-18. ISSN 1134-928X.


There is a high prevalence of elderly diagnosed of dementia that generates an important demand of well-taken care of and socio-sanitary resources. The day care centers take care of the people in dependency situations and facilitate familiar integration. Our initial questions are about the Associations of patients and relatives. How arises and how they are organized? What services do they offer? What competences develop the nurse professionals?


To analyze the perception which the members of the equipment have of an Alzheimer´s patients relatives Association and other dementias on the operation and the service that offer to the society.

Material and methods:

Descriptive qualitative study, made in an Alzheimer´s Relatives Association. Three semi structured interviews are made respecting the established ethical considerations for the investigation works with people.


Three categories in the analysis arise from the stories, the history of the Association, the structure and organization of the multidisciplinary equipment, emphasizing the competitions of the nurse professional and the supply of services that it has developed.


The Association arises from the needs of heartfelt attention from families and that do not obtain answer in other institutions. It has established as an essential resource whose aim is to maintain to the disabled person in its usual means and to provide support to its caretakers. It takes care of from a multidisciplinary equipment that contributes to the development of common aims, where nursing develops the own competitions of the profession.

Keywords : day care center; dementia; relatives association; Alzheimer´s disease; nursing and aging.

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