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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,...

How Levels of Engagement in Work, Volunteering & Caregiving Affect Well-Being

A recent study in The Gerontologist examined how psychological well-being is impacted by different types of engagement in productive activities, such as paid work, family caregiving, and volunteering. The study looked at this relationship for 330 adults in both middle and late life (ages 50 to 83, with an average age of 62), and examined what levels of engagement were associated with...

A Peek at the Public’s Experiences & Expectations of Caregiving

Recently, the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago and the Associated Press conducted their second major study on expectations surrounding ongoing living assistance, which included getting help in your own home, in a family member’s home, in a nursing home or in a senior community. In their new study, they interviewed a nationally representative sample of...

Research Reveals Many “Hidden” Positive Impacts of Caregiving

A recent literature review suggests that the effects on caregiving on informal, unpaid caregivers need to be reappraised. Much of the literature on caregiving emphasizes physical and psychological distress to caregivers, which has come to be viewed as an inevitable outcome of caregiving. This negative assessment of caregiving extends from peer-reviewed academic articles to agency...

Unmet Needs of Community-Dwelling Individuals with Dementia & Their Caregivers

Of the 5.4 million Americans with Alzheimer’s Disease or other forms of dementia, 70 percent are cared for in the community by family and friends. This raises an important question of how well their caregivers are able to address the medical needs of these individuals. Prior research has demonstrated that for individuals with dementia, unmet needs in activities of daily life were...

An Intervention for Adult Child Caregivers Results in Delay of Residential Care for Individuals with Dementia

A recent study in the Gerontologist examined the impact of an intervention for adult child caregivers of persons with dementia on their placement in residential care facilities. This intervention focused primarily on enhancing social support in order to facilitate the well-being of the caregiver, since previous studies have demonstrated a number of adverse effects of dementia on...

Working Family Caregivers Needed to Participate in a Study!

Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging is seeking volunteers to participate in a study to evaluate CareGeneral – a secure, interactive website designed to simplify care coordination for people who work while caring for an aging parent or loved one, and the helpers they rely on, including paid care providers, informal helpers (e.g., friends, neighbors), or family...

Variations in American Caregiver Service Use among Hispanics, African Americans & Whites

Despite greater rates of disability among minority older adults, home- and community-based services are underused by this group and their caregivers. A recent study of 1,749 Hispanic, African American and white older adults and their caregivers looks at the variations between individuals in these racial/ethnic groups who received Older American Act Title III caregiver services in 2009....

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