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Chapter 56 - Caregiving

from Section IV - Principles of care for the elderly

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  05 June 2016

Jan Busby-Whitehead
University of North Carolina
Christine Arenson
Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia
Samuel C. Durso
The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Daniel Swagerty
University of Kansas
Laura Mosqueda
University of Southern California
Maria Fiatarone Singh
University of Sydney
William Reichel
Georgetown University, Washington DC
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Family members have long provided physical, emotional, and financial assistance to relatives in need of support because of frailty, dementia, disability, and other conditions common in late life. As our country faces an enormous increase in the number of older Americans, the role of family caregivers will become increasingly important. Health care professionals, especially primary care physicians, should identify people in the caregiving role and screen for caregiving stress or burden. It is likewise important to screen for health effects including depression, anxiety, and substance abuse. Informal caregivers—friends and family members—often care for chronically ill older adults, including those who have a diagnosis of dementia. Caregiver stress can cause health issues for caregivers; clinicians are encouraged to use available tools to screen for stress and to link caregivers to local and online resources.
Reichel's Care of the Elderly
Clinical Aspects of Aging
, pp. 749 - 755
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2016

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