Date of Award
Open Access Thesis
Master of Arts in Nursing (MAN)
Susan K Nash
Frontotemporal dementia (FTD) is caused by u progressive degeneration of the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain (Boxer & Miller, 2005), This degeneration causes profound alterations in personality, social behavior, and language skills. FTD is particularly devastating due to the fact that it commonly affects people during mid-life or earlier. Evidence has shown that caregivers face higher rates of burden, distress and isolation when providing care for someone with FTD than other forms of dementia (de Vugt, Riedijk, Aalten, Tibben, van Swieten, & Verhey,2006; Kumamoto, Arai, Hashimoto, Ikeda, Mizuno, & Washio, 2004). The Behavioral Recognition, Assessment and Delivery (BRAD) model of care was developed for caregivers to better manage the unique challenging behaviors of persons with frontotemporal dementia. The BRAD model of care is grounded in the work of Margaret Newman and her theory of Health as Expanding Consciousness (HEC).
McGuire, Jennifer, "BRAD: A Model of Caring for Persons with Frontotemporal Dementia" (2009). Theses and Graduate Projects. 608.