Many societies are facing the challenge of caring for the increasing number of people with dementia. As well as providing symptomatic treatment to patients, healthcare practitioners have to deal with the needs of family caregivers who are at elevated risk for depression and health problems. Programs to support caregivers to exercise their role in the long term and to reduce the likelihood of adverse health outcomes are urgently needed.
- Schulz R.
- Czaja S.J.
Family caregiving: a vision for the future.
Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2018; 26: 358-363
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Published online: November 10, 2017
Accepted: November 2, 2017
Received: October 15, 2017
© 2017 American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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- Family Caregiving: A Vision for the FutureThe American Journal of Geriatric PsychiatryVol. 26Issue 3
- PreviewReaders of the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry are familiar with family caregiving as a research topic that is frequently included in the journal. By our count, over 200 papers and several special issues have been devoted to this topic, describing the prevalence of caregiving, its physical and psychological impact on family members, biological mediators of adverse health effects, and treatment strategies for both caregivers and patients ( http://www.ajgponline.org ). This pattern can be found in numerous other professional journals, making caregiving one of the most widely researched topics in the social, behavioral, and health sciences.
- The Principles and Techniques of Benefit-Finding for Dementia Caregivers: Reply to GersdorfThe American Journal of Geriatric PsychiatryVol. 26Issue 3
- PreviewUsing cognitive reappraisal to promote positive gains is a distinctive feature of the benefit-finding intervention (BFT). The intervention would not appeal to caregivers, however, if it burdens them with extra training sessions, on top of a usual psychoeducation program. Furthermore, because the challenging aspects of dementia care (e.g., dealing with neuropsychiatric symptoms and impairments in activities of daily living)1 provide exactly the context for searching for meaning,2 positive reappraisal exercises are embedded within related topics when these challenging aspects are discussed, rather than being covered in stand-alone sessions.