Caring for Oneself and Others at Home and at Work
Edited by Ronald J. Burke and Lisa M. Calvano
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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