The dementia caregiver-a primary care approach

Stuti Dang, Amit Badiye, Geetanjali Kelkar

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Abstract

Caring for loved ones with dementia is challenging and stressful for family members who have to provide the home care. The responsibility takes a huge physical, emotional, and financial toll on the caregivers, which is known as caregiver burden. The survival and quality of life of the dementia patient have been shown to be related to the well-being of the caregiver. An overwhelmed caregiver can result in premature institutionalization and increased health-care utilization, by both the patients and the caregivers. The physician should periodically assess caregivers for the level of perceived burden, presence of depression and anxiety, social support, behavioral problems in the care recipient, and coping strategies and help the patient and caregiver with advance care planning. Strategies that meld support, education, and practical counseling about common caregiving stresses and community resources seem to mitigate caregiver burden and depression.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1246-1251
Number of pages6
JournalSouthern Medical Journal
Volume101
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1 2008
Externally publishedYes

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Caregivers
Dementia
Primary Health Care
Advance Care Planning
Patient Acceptance of Health Care
Depression
Institutionalization
Home Care Services
Social Support
Counseling
Anxiety
Quality of Life
Physicians
Education
Survival

Keywords

  • Caregiver assessment
  • Caregiver burden
  • Caregiver education
  • Practical solutions
  • Support

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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Dang, S., Badiye, A., & Kelkar, G. (2008). The dementia caregiver-a primary care approach. Southern Medical Journal, 101(12), 1246-1251.

The dementia caregiver-a primary care approach. / Dang, Stuti; Badiye, Amit; Kelkar, Geetanjali.

In: Southern Medical Journal, Vol. 101, No. 12, 01.12.2008, p. 1246-1251.

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Dang, S, Badiye, A & Kelkar, G 2008, 'The dementia caregiver-a primary care approach', Southern Medical Journal, vol. 101, no. 12, pp. 1246-1251.
Dang S, Badiye A, Kelkar G. The dementia caregiver-a primary care approach. Southern Medical Journal. 2008 Dec 1;101(12):1246-1251.
Dang, Stuti ; Badiye, Amit ; Kelkar, Geetanjali. / The dementia caregiver-a primary care approach. In: Southern Medical Journal. 2008 ; Vol. 101, No. 12. pp. 1246-1251.
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