AARP: New Report Documents Impact on Family Caregivers When Person Receiving Chronic Care Also Has Dementia, Depression, or Other Cognitive or Behavioral Conditions

More Complex Physical Health Needs and Resistance of Care Recipients Result in Greater Stress and Diminished Quality of Life for Caregivers

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AARP: Nancy Thompson, 202-434-2560

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New Report Documents Impact on Family Caregivers When Person Receiving Chronic Care Also Has Dementia, Depression, or Other Cognitive or Behavioral Conditions

More Complex Physical Health Needs and Resistance of Care Recipients Result in Greater Stress and Diminished Quality of Life for Caregivers

NEW YORK, NEW YORK August 19, 2014 The United Hospital Fund and AARP Public Policy Institute issued a report today with compelling new evidence that family caregivers who provide complex chronic care to people who also have cognitive and behavioral health conditions face particularly demanding challenges, including high levels of self-reported depression. As a result, a majority of them (61 percent) reported feeling stress “sometimes to always,” between their caregiving responsibilities and trying to meet other work or family obligations.

Adding to the challenge, people with cognitive and behavioral conditions (collectively termed in the report “challenging behaviors”) were generally sicker than other people requiring caregiving.  These persons needing care often had chronic physical health diagnoses—including cardiac disease, stroke/hypertension, musculoskeletal problems (such as arthritis or osteoporosis), and diabetes—at higher rates than those without cognitive and behavioral conditions. Further illustrating the complexity, family caregivers of people with challenging behaviors often met with resistance from the person they were trying to help. Caregivers noted that “more cooperation from their family member” would make one key medical/nursing task—managing medications—easier.

Continue reading here: http://www.aarp.org/about-aarp/press-center/info-08-2014/new-report-documents-impact-on-family-caregivers.html#.U_Ub7fgAe7c.email

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