Perceptions of caregiving role by son’s caring for a parent with alzheimer’s disease: A qualitative study

Sara Sanders, Elizabethtown College
Peggy McFarland, Elizabethtown College


In this qualitative study, 18 sons were interviewed about the factors that led them to assume the role of primary caregiver for a parent with progressive memory loss, such as Alzheimer's disease, as well as the personal challenge that they experienced in this role. The analysis demonstrated that sons experience a range of emotional reactions, personal and professional conflict, as well as learn about new roles and responsibilities as they attempt to access the needed services for their parent. Clinical recommendations for geriatric social workers are discussed. © 2002 by The Haworth Press, Inc. All rights reserved.