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Lekhak, Nirmala

“A World Upside Down”: Experiences of Informal Caregivers During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Background: The caregiving process may result in negative outcomes for caregivers. The coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic has contributed additional challenges for family caregivers of older adults with chronic illnesses. Little is known about the additional impact of the pandemic on caregivers. Objectives: The purpose of the current study was to understand the effects of the pandemic on the caregiving experience. Methods: A qualitative descriptive content analysis was conducted on nine blogs of caregivers of older adults.

Tue, 07/26/2022 - 10:30

Differences among Caregivers on Coping Resources and Mental Health

Background: Given the growing number of family members who provide care to adults with a disability or illness, this study examined differences in coping resources and mental health among family caregivers of persons with various health conditions. Methods: Within the context of Ensel and Lin’s stress paradigm, 234 family caregivers participated in an online study by completing validated measures of resourcefulness, spiritual practices, caregiver burden, anxiety, and depression.

Wed, 02/09/2022 - 11:07

Caregivers of Persons with Diverse Health Conditions: Demographics and Burden of Care

Background: Although caregiver identity theory asserts there is no single generic caregiver identity, comparisons on demographic characteristics and burden of care have not been made among caregivers of persons with various health conditions. Methods: Using social media to access study participants, this cross-sectional study of 234 family caregivers of persons with various health conditions examined their demographic characteristics (age, gender, and race/ethnicity) and burden of care (daily care hours and caregiving years) using online data collection.

Tue, 01/25/2022 - 12:59

Caregiver Reactions to Dementia Symptoms: Effects on Coping Repertoire and Mental Health

Currently, 15 million informal caregivers, most of whom are women, provide care for older adults with dementia (Alzheimer's Disease Association, 2016). Caregiving for these individuals often creates distress and may adversely affect female caregivers' psychosocial and spiritual well-being. Approximately 35% of dementia caregivers complain of health deterioration after initiating caregiving responsibilities as compared to 19% of caregivers of older adults who do not have dementia (Alzheimer's Disease Association, 2016).

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 17:07