ERIC Number: ED226283
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Caring for Elderly Relatives: Ideas from Families Who Do. Second Edition.
Based on interviews with 20 primary caretakers (the main person responsible for elderly relatives with chronic illness or disabilities) this pamphlet was written for family members who are caring for older relatives, and may also be helpful to professionals and paraprofessionals who work with the elderly and their families. The two main sections of the pamphlet deal with the thought and feelings of caretakers of the elderly, and practical information for providing daily care. The first chapter, The Meaning of Caretaking: A Variety of Perspectives, covers 11 separate areas and includes coping suggestions for the issues discussed, which include independence, emotional involvement, apprehension, guilt, anger, loss, and responsibility. The second chapter, What Caretakers Do, presents a discussion in each of seven areas arising from the actual work of primary caretakers. Topics presented are chores, emotional support, referrals, transportation, and recreation. A brief, final section touches on suggestions for alleviating the stress of primary caretakers. (PAS)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Administration on Aging (DHHS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (90th, Washington, DC, August 23-27, 1982).