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NAVARRO MARTINEZ, María et al. Alzheimer's patients and their caregivers: nursing interventions. Gerokomos [online]. 2018, vol.29, n.2, pp.79-82. ISSN 1134-928X.


Alzheimer disease is a dementia which affects an increasing number of people. Those patients require continued assistance which is usually given by their relatives. The informal carer is the person in charge of the non-professional care of the dependent patients. This can imply physical, social and psychic repercussions, susceptible to professional intervention. The goal is analysing the most demanding necessities by the relatives of Alzheimer’s patients, studying the offered socio-health resources and concreting the nursing competencies in the approach of the patient and his family.

Material and methods:

Bibliographic revision in Cuiden, Elsevier, Dialnet, SciELO and Google Academic, of those works which analyse the necessities, socio-health resources and nursing competences about Alzheimer disease. Overall forty articles were analysed.


The most demanding necessities by the cares are related with the information, formation, physical help, grief attention and social support. The available socio-health resources to ease their attention are for instance, the home care and the daytime and non-hospitalized attention. The cares observe that the available socio-health resources are not completely used. The nurses give support and care, especially in the psychoeducational interventions.


The necessities of the cares cover physical, psychic and social dimensions. Their available socio-health resources are untapped and the most valued nursing interventions are the health education strategies. It is necessary to carry out more research in order to broaden the knowledge which allows us to provide good quality cares.

Palavras-chave : Alzheimer; socio-health resources; nursing; care; necessities; support.

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