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Caregiving and Veterans

Caregiving and Veterans

Whether it's former "empty-nest" parents resuming a caregiving role for unmarried children returned home as injured veterans, or a spouse of a veteran who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the responsiblities of the veteran's caregiver can become incredibly overwhelming—mentally, emotionally and physically. With today's medical care system and technologies, we're seeing more veterans living longer lives—but often accompanied by injuries, psychiatric issues and/or physical impairments.

Caregiving

Introduction

Caregiving takes many forms. Many of us help older, sick, or disabled family members and friends every day. We know we are helping, but we don't think of ourselves as caregivers. We are glad to do this and feel rewarded by it, but if the demands are heavy, over time we can also become exhausted and stressed. We think we should be able to handle caregiving roles on top of busy work and family schedules and begin to feel guilty and depressed as our stamina wanes.

Caregiving, Mortality and Mobility Decline

Caregiving, mortality, and mobility decline

Citation Fredman, L., Cauley, J.A., Satterfield, S., Simonsick, E., Spencer, S.M., Ayomayon, H., N., & Harris, T.B. (2008). Caregiving, mortality, and mobility decline. Archives of Internal Medicine, 168(19), 2154-2161.

Acute Care Utilization by Dementia Caregivers

Acute care utilization by dementia caregivers

Citation Schubert, C.C., Boustani, M., Callahan, C.M., Perkins, A.J., Hui, S, & Hendrie, H.C. (2008). Acute care utilization by dementia caregivers. Journal of Internal Medicine, 23(11), 1736-1740.

Design Cross sectional study

Purpose The purpose of this study was to examine the facets of dementia caregiving that impact caregiver acute health care utilization.

Adult Daycare for the Frail Elderly: Outcomes, Satisfaction and Cost

Adult day care for the frail elderly: Outcomes, satisfaction, and cost

Citation Baumgarten, M., Lebel, P., Laprise, H., Leclerc, C., Quinn, C. (2002). Adult day care for the frail elderly: Outcomes, satisfaction, and cost. Journal of Aging and Health, 14(2), 237-259.

Design Experiment

Purpose The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of Adult Day Care (ADC) programs on: care receiver's depressive symptoms, anxiety and functional status, caregiver burden on the cost of health services.

Befriending Carers of People with Dementia...

Befriending carers of people with dementia: Randomised controlled trial

Citation Charlesworth, G., Shepstone, L., Wilson, E., Reynolds, S., Mugford, M., Price, D., Harvey, I., & Poland, F. (2008). Befriending carers of people with dementia: Randomized controlled trial. BMJ, 336, 1295-1297.

Design Randomized controlled trial

Linking Rural Caregivers to Cognitive-Behavior Intervention for Depression

Alzheimer's rural care health line: Linking rural caregivers to cognitive-behavior intervention for depression

Citation Glueckauf, R. l., Stine. C., Bourgeois, M., Pomidor, A., Rom, P., Young, M. E., Massey, A., & Ashley, P. (2005). Alzheimer's rural care health line: Linking rural caregivers to cognitive-behavior intervention for depression. Rehabilitation Psychology, 50(4), 346-356.

Design Focus groups

Social Care Interface in Early Stage Dementia . . .

Social care interface in early stage dementia: Practitioners' perspectives on the links between formal and informal networks

Citation Carpentier, N., Pomey, M, Conteras, R., & Olazabal, I. (2008) Social care interface in early stage dementia: Practitioners' perspectives on the links between formal and informal networks. Journal of Aging and Health, 20 (6), 710-738.

Design Exploratory study

Hospital to home: Assessing the Transitional Care Needs...

From hospital to home: Assessing the transitional care needs of vulnerable seniors

Citation Graham, C.L., Ivey, S.L., & Neuhauser, L. (2009). From hospital to home: Assessing the transitional care needs of vulnerable seniors. The Gerontologist, 49(1), 23-33

Design Qualitative study: Needs assessment

Long-Term Effects of Bereavement and Caregiver Intervention...

Long-term effects of bereavement and caregiver intervention on dementia caregiver depressive symptoms

Citation Haley, W., Bergman, E.J., Roth, D.L., McVie, T., Gaugler, J.E., & Mittelman, M, S. (2008). Long-term effects of bereavement and caregiver intervention on dementia caregiver depressive symptoms. The Gerontologist, 48(6), 732-740

Design Quasi-experiment

Purpose The purpose of this study was to examine the joint effects of bereavement and caregiver intervention on caregiver depressive symptoms.

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