2010

The current dementia epidemic, coupled with the absence of a cure for the disease, means that an increasing number of people with dementia are likely to experience the severe stage. Given that this fil stage adversely impacts not only the person living with the disease (i.e., cognitive impairment and limited communication), but also their family members and caregivers (i.e., burden and stress), there is a pertinent need to understand the needs and desires of the person to help shape optimal care magement practices. In this article, literature produced in the last 5 years, regarding measurement and magement challenges encountered when researching health-related quality of life in older people with severe dementia, is reviewed. The paper aims to provide important, up-to-date insight into the type and amount of research undertaken with this population, including the measurement tools currently used and the challenges faced, and pose recommendations for future research.