Dementia has the potential to create substantial stress for family caregivers. When coupled with delirium and/or depression, the burden experienced by caregivers can be exacerbated. This article will describe the prevalence, scope, and effects of providing care to a person with dementia and potential challenges when delirium and/or depression are present. To maintain the health and well-being of an older adult with dementia, it is imperative that caregivers are provided access to available support services and adequate resources to develop skills to provide care to their loved one. Caregivers must also have knowledge about their own health in the context of the caregiving role. We present the range of resources available to caregivers and therapists who may interact with caregivers.
- family caregiving
- support services
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
- Geriatrics and Gerontology