Increases in life expectancy and the aging of the baby boomer generation has resulted in unprecedented high numbers of older adults in the U.S. and Canada and, thus, a rising number of frail older adults with chronic medical conditions. Informal caregivers, primarily family members, have traditionally provided a large proportion of care at home, and their contribution is expected to be of even greater significance. Informal caregivers provide care at great expense to themselves, because caregiving can result in emotional, physical, and financial stresses. This article discusses the role physicians play in identifying and alleviating caregiver stress.
Key words: family caregivers, informal caregivers, caregiver stress, physician, older adults.
Due to the aging of society and the increase in ethnic diversity, there is a growing interest in the needs of ethnically diverse caregivers for older adults. Based on a recent meta-analysis, this article outlines ethnic differences in caregiving stressors, available social resources, and caregiver health. We offer suggestions on how to consider ethnic differences in the planning and implementation of caregiver interventions.
Key words: family caregivers, ethnicity, stress, burden, depression.
The complex issues faced by the family caregivers of dementia patients present many challenges for their physicians. The C.A.R.E. strategy provides a guideline for an effective approach to these challenges while strengthening the relationship of physicians with the caregivers in their practice.
Key words: family caregivers, well-being, stress, dementia care, physician role.
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