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Caring for the Caregiver: Identifying the Needs of Those Called to Care Through Partnerships with Congregations

As the older adult population continues to grow, the prevalence of chronic diseases is also increasing, leading to the need for novel ways of managing this large population of patients. One solution is to focus on informal caregivers. These informal caregivers already make a substantial contribution to our nation's healthcare finances and patient health outcomes. Caregivers also derive benefits from caring for their family member or friend; however, it is not uncommon for these individuals to experience negative health consequences, or what is often called 'burden of care.' Those called to care are not without their own burdens, and they must frequently make significant lifestyle adjustments that impact their own health. Therefore, for caregivers to be effective, caring for the caregivers must be a focus of medicine in the twenty-first century. 

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Type of Reference
Jour
Type of Work
Journal article
Publisher
Springer science & business media b.v.
ISBN/ISSN
00224197
Publication Year
2017
Issue Number
3
Journal Titles
Journal of Religion & Health
Volume Number
56
Start Page
946
End Page
950