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Arch Gerontol Geriatr. 2010 May-Jun;50(3):254-9. doi: 10.1016/j.archger.2009.04.012. Epub 2009 May 28.

A review of programs to alleviate the burden of informal caregivers of dependent persons.

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Polibienestar Research Institute, University of Valencia, Avda. De los Naranjos s/n, 46022 Valencia, Spain.


The review of interventions currently available to alleviate the burden of informal caregivers of dependent persons has both social and political relevance considering the increasing number of elderly dependent persons. Respite services and programs for psycho-social intervention are the main methods of dealing with this burden. Study of the main research carried out to date on such interventions enables us to organize more efficient services, especially considering the enactment of the Law on Dependence in Spain in January 2007 and the need for other European and international governments to establish systems to meet the needs of the growing dependent population.

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