Clinical Social Work Journal

, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp 16–27 | Cite as

An exploration of senile dementia and family burden

  • Richard K. Morycz


Chronic organic brain syndrome is a disabling but little understood disease that can be viewed within a family burden perspective. Since senile dementia relates to multi-dimensional functioning and creates various levels of dependency, family burden is a major factor in the decision to institutionalize. Clinical social workers should understand the problems contributing to the burden of a family with a mentally impaired older member. A variety of interventions is possible and these interventions can be used to alleviate many problems of the family and to create a more responsive system of support.


Dementia Social Worker Senile Dementia Organic Brain Clinical Social Worker 
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  • Richard K. Morycz
    • 1
  1. 1.Pittsburgh

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