Older caregivers, aged 65 and older, were surveyed to determine the degree to which they had completed future plans for relatives with serious psychiatric disabilities and to identify barriers that interfered with the planning process. Only 18% of the 210 respondents had completed plans for their relative. Intense anxiety about the future of their relative, lack of knowledge about how to plan, and limited finances were perceived to be obstacles to planning. Their relative's resistance to change and refusal to use available resources were also obstacles reported by caregivers. Suggestions are made for ways professionals can help families cope with these challenges of their older years.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Health Professions (miscellaneous)
- Psychiatry and Mental health