Role of memory failure in family relationships in dementia


3rd year project

Topic area:


Research question

Role of memory failure in family relationships in dementia

Types of methodology using for this project

Qualitative methods, thematic analysis

Audience: interviewees

Dementia people’s FAMILIES ONLY, NOT DEMENTIA PATIENTS. Ask them about the changes, past times, relationships, everyday coping i.e going out doing housework, walking, etc, about people with dementia.


Interview questions

  • Tell me about your experience of your parent’s dementia?
  • Tell me about when you first noticed a change in your parent’s memory?
  • How have these changes affected your relationships, with parent and with other family members?
  • What kind of changes have the family made to adjust to the dementia?
  • What strategies have you adopted as a family to cope?
  • How do you feel about your parent now?
  • How do you feel about the future, thinking about coping with the dementia?
  • How do you feel about your parent’s memory loss?


Chronic diseases such as stroke, hypertension, and diabetes affect the patient’s ability to function normally hence forcing the family members to participate in the provision of care. The caregivers provide the patients with the required financial, physical and emotional support without any recognition or training. The caregivers often assume their responsibilities under sudden and extreme circumstances, with minimal preparation or guidance which means they are likely to face many challenges while carrying out their duties.