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J Gerontol Soc Work. 2008;50 Suppl 1:293-320. doi: 10.1080/01634370802137975.

Familial caregivers of older adults.

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University of Tennessee, USA.

Abstract

Caregivers of older adults face many obstacles as they balance family, career, and caregiving demands. Caregivers are at an increased risk for burden, stress, depression, and a variety of other mental and physical health complications. It is not uncommon for caregivers to receive some form of pharmacological therapy to treat the physical and mental health changes that may occur throughout their caregiving career. However, while pharmacological forms of treatment are invaluable, medications only may not be sufficient to treat the needs of caregivers. As such, geriatric professionals also have a responsibility to intervene with caregivers through psychosocial interventions. This paper provides an overview of caring, a summary of evidence-based psychosocial interventions for family caregivers of older adults, and recommendations for future interventions.

PMID:
18924398
DOI:
10.1080/01634370802137975
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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