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J Psychosoc Nurs Ment Health Serv. 2014 Mar;52(3):15-8. doi: 10.3928/02793695-20140128-05. Epub 2014 Feb 5.

Moving beyond caregiver burden: identifying helpful interventions for family caregivers.


Family members serving as informal caregivers for loved ones often experience physical, psychological, emotional, social, and financial consequences that can be conceptualized as caregiver burden. As the number of older adults in our society continues to increase, there will be even more demand for family caregivers. It is important to move beyond a focus on the statistics and characteristics of caregiver burden and identify helpful interventions to reduce this burden. Interventions that decrease caregiver burden can enable family caregivers to delay placement of the individual in an institutional setting and improve quality of life for both the caregiver and care recipient.

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