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The purpose of this study is to present the recovery journey from adversity of primary caregivers for dementia patients, and to explore primary caregivers’ recovery mechanisms in the face of stressful events. This study hopes that, when facing difficulties, other caregivers can reference the successful experience provided by this study. This study adopts purposive sampling as the primary sampling method and uses snowball sampling as the secondary method, and conducts in-depth interviews with a total of eight primary caregivers. The findings of this study are: The reason that each interviewee became the primary caregiver is different. The adversity experienced by a primary caregiver in the process of giving care includes psychological, physical, social and economical aspects, and it is the psychological aspect that makes up the bulk of each situation. The long-term accumulation of the adverse pressures affects the physical and mental health of caregivers, leading them to the verge of psychological collapse. On the other hand, the characteristics, personalities, capabilities, thought patterns, and sense of values of the primary caregivers, plus the care giving-duty assistance and emotional support from the family, the support and assistance from relatives, other families in the same situation and professionals, and the use of assistive and alternative care services are helpful to the primary caregivers in overcoming adversity. The stimulation of various turning points, such as “feeling grateful after comparing their situation with other’s situations”, “learning from others’ experience”, “the intervening of a reliable or appropriate external force”, “being encouraged to pull oneself together” or “being inspired by sublimity” all contribute to caregivers emotional changes, and their starting of recovery from adversity. They also think that they have gained a lot during the care giving process. However, this study cannot provide a clear answer as to when and where the turning point occurs, but is certain that the rising of such turning points are closely related to the caregivers’ personal living environment, and their energy. Lastly, the study offers recommendations specifically to the primary caregivers, work practitioners, policy planners, and academic researchers.
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