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Category: Caregiving

TRENDING NOW: Number of Family Caregivers to Drop as Need Rises

A recent report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine found that the number of potential family caregivers is shrinking at a time when the population of older adults who likely need such support is growing rapidly. The report notes that in 2011 at least 17.7 million people in the United States were family caregivers of someone over 65. But they predict that...

Out of the Blue: New Model Helps Family Caregivers of Stroke Sufferers

Strokes provide numerous challenges to not only the sufferer of the stroke, but also to that individual’s caregiver. Because of the suddenness of strokes, many family caregivers are unprepared to provide caregiving responsibilities once a stroke sufferer is released from inpatient care. In order to help these caregivers, researchers identified the gaps in preparation for such...

The Cost of Caregiving: Putting a Price on Tech That Helps Caregivers

How much would you be willing to pay for technology to help with the caregiving of an older adult in your life? Researchers recently sought to answer this question. Specifically, a team of researchers carried out a nationwide online study of adult caregivers in order to assess a variety of perceptions these caregivers had related to caregiving itself, technology, and the intersection...

Give Me a Break: How Adult Day Services Impact Caregivers’ Stress

Many studies have shown that family caregivers are at greater risk for a variety of poor health outcomes due to the stressful nature of caregiving. One attempt to reduce caregiver stress is through respite services such as adult day services that provide caregivers a break. A recent study looked at the impact of respite services on caregivers of individuals with dementia by measuring...

Stress in Older Adult Caregivers

Many older adults find themselves serving as unpaid or informal caregivers to spouses or family members, and a growing body of research has shown how stress associated with caregiving can lead to negative health outcomes for these caregivers. A recent article on caregiving and stress in older adults examines caregivers’ levels of stress compared to noncaregivers, compares the stress...

Surprising Differences for Caregivers on the Relationship between Depression & Disability

A number of studies have demonstrated that depression symptoms and disability increase the risk of each other, but new research comparing caregivers and noncaregivers digs deeper into this relationship and provides some surprising results. While the observed reciprocal relationship between depression symptoms and disability was observed in noncaregivers, the findings for caregivers...

A Closer Look at Person- & Family-Centered Care

A recent article in Public Policy and Aging Report looks at the importance of person- and family-centered care (PFCC) when individuals and their families are facing decisions related to advanced illness and nearing the end of life. The PFCC approach looks beyond the medical and physical needs of an individual and recognizes that their needs, goals, preferences, cultural traditions,...

Spousal Caregivers: Who’s the Frailest of Them All?

A number of studies have looked at the negative health consequences associated with spousal caregiving, but little attention has been paid to how the cognitive condition of the individual receiving care might impact health outcomes for the caregiver. Recently, a study in the Gerontologist looked into how care recipients with and without dementia might differently impact the frailty of...

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