A recent study from the American Geriatrics Society set out to answer a number of questions about caregiving: who tends to take on the role of care partner, which groups are most often cared for, what does caregiving consist of, and what impact does caregiving have on the care partner? Making use of information gathered in the 2011 National Health and Aging Trends Study and National Study of Caregiving, researchers determined the major characteristics that care partners share. Most care partners take care of older adults that do not have dementia or another disability. Most of these partners in care are adult children, and many experience limitations in their social lives because of responsibilities for their aging parents. Very few care partners make use of available services, with 5 percent going to support groups, 6 percent completing training, and 13 percent arranging for respite care; partners in care that regularly make use of these supports are more likely to be caring for a person with dementia and/or a disability. The study showed that household chores, running errands, transportation, and healthcare tasks also fall on care partners’ shoulders; in fact, performing a greater number of health-related responsibilities (such as aiding with personal hygiene, managing appointments and medications, and providing healthy food) is predictive of more caregiver stress and less time spent socializing. Seeing as most care partners experience their role as a burden at times, but do not make use of the available services, we may need to tailor the services to better fit their needs.
SOURCE: Science Daily: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/06/170606155737.htm
ORIGINAL ARTICLE: Wiley Online Library: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jgs.14910/abstract;jsessionid=EC934F150F3E68346170A72AF0ABD050.f02t04
DATE RETRIEVED: June 8, 2017