Provision of care to an older adult with dementia is an important societal resource. This resource may also come at a high cost to informal caregivers, most of whom are family members. In this paper we provide an overview of recent research on dementia caregiving and caregiver interventions. First, we provide background information on the prevalence and costs of Alzheimer's disease and related disorders. Second, we describe the specific stressors and broader mental and physical health outcomes of dementia caregiving. Third, recent evidence of the efficacy of caregiver interventions for both caregiver and patient outcomes is reviewed. Throughout the paper, we describe promising new directions for future research in this area, including assessment and intervention with family caregivers of older patients with comorbid dementia and depression, and the focus on sleep disturbance as a critical health consequence of dementia caregiving.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Clinical Neurology
- Psychiatry and Mental health