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Table 4 Results coping resources: Examples of condensed meaning units

From: Balancing the struggle to live with dementia: a systematic meta-synthesis of coping

Category Humour
[27, 40, 47, 49, 50, 63, 68, 73, 74]
Social and emotional support
[30, 34, 40, 49, 51, 57, 66, 67, 72, 81, 94, 95]
Condensed meaning unit Humour to cope with psychic pain [47].
Taking control of dementia by minimising its impact and using humour when describing coping strategies [47].
Using humour to cope with the painful awareness of memory decline [47].
Humour and spirituality to cope [49].
Using humour and laughing at one selves helped handle the change and challenge [50].
Using humour to help dealing with dementia [68].
Using humour as strategy [73].
Dismissing the significance of memory loss, and use humour to cope [63].
Using humour as a saviour [74].
Laughter and humour [27].
Taking part in activities leading to connection with others [66]
Mobilizing resources by accessing external services and friends and families [49]
Acknowledging the value of receiving support [51].
Holding on to their roles in valuable relationships [40].
Promoting reciprocity and maintenance of relationship through food role changes [30].
Sharing emotions [40].
Letting the family steer, represents a shifting orientation toward what is good and meaningful in life [81]
Feeling lucky to be supported by family and home care [57].
Expects their relatives to take care of them. Postponing the decisions about the future [34].
Becoming stupid if you don’t talk to people [67]
Fortunate to be married and being looked after [30].
Holding on to roles in social relationships [94].
Continuing to interact regularly with friends [72].
Sharing the diagnosis with their children [40].
Seeking information about dementia and support [40].
Nearness to the caregiver as an asset [95]