The Sandwich Generation
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The Sandwich Generation

Caring for Oneself and Others at Home and at Work

Edited by Ronald J. Burke and Lisa M. Calvano

Rising life expectancy has led to the growth of the ‘Sandwich Generation’ – men and women who are caregivers to their children of varying ages as well as for one or both parents whilst still managing their own household and work responsibilities. This book considers both the strains and benefits of this position.
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Chapter 4: Supporting the caregiver in dementia

Sheila M. LoboPrabhu and Victor A. Molinari

Abstract

There are 5.3 million persons in the United States who have Alzheimer’s disease. In 2014, friends and family of those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias provided an estimated 17.9 billion hours of unpaid care, valued at $217.7 billion. Caregivers can be classified into formal and informal caregivers. In this chapter, the demographics of caregiving, impact of caregiving on the caregiver, care of the caregiver, and ethical aspects of caregiving are discussed. Social supports for the caregiver are essential to caregiver health and well-being. The chapter ends with a discussion of caregiver training and support designed to enhance the quality of caregiving, as well as to provide emotional support to caregivers in their noble, yet arduous, task of providing long-term care to persons with dementia. Key words: Alzheimer’s, dementia, caregiving, caregiver, support.

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