Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Communication Studies

First Committee Member

Anthony Ferri

Number of Pages



Hidden behind closed doors of nursing homes, hospitals and neighborhood residences, was a segment of the population suffering from dementing illnesses. Although seldom seen, these older Americans presented significant challenges for the family members caring for them. This study focused attention on these lay caregivers and the effectiveness of community resources, from their perspective. With assistance from Southern Nevada Alzheimer's Association staff, a survey was conducted. The results showed agencies rated as "satisfactory" in their efforts to provide information, with the Alzheimer's Association newsletter ranked as the primary source of information for caregivers. While the survey provided insights regarding caregivers who had contacted the Alzheimer's Association, it revealed little about those who had not. Increased communication could open the door to providing information and, according to this evaluation, the local Alzheimer's Association held this critical key.


Care; Caregivers; Communication; Elder; Evaluation; Lay; Nevada; Resources; Southern

Controlled Subject

Social service; Gerontology

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2447.36 KB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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