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Measuring burden in dementia caregivers: Confirmatory factor analysis for short forms of the Zarit Burden Interview

Introduction: To examine the psychometric properties of different short versions of the Zarit Burden Interview (ZBI), and to find an efficient and valid short version for clinical use among dementia caregivers.; Materials and Methods: A total of 270 Taiwanese dementia caregivers filled out the full form of the ZBI, which contains 22 items. Using the 22-item ZBI, we used confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) to calculate the fit indices of all proposed short versions with various items to determine useful short versions.

Thu, 01/03/2019 - 14:35

Caring for disabled older adults with musculoskeletal conditions: A transactional model of caregiver burden, coping strategies, and depressive symptoms

Objectives: This study investigated the mediating role of coping strategies in the relationship between caregiver burden and depressive symptoms among family caregivers caring for disabled older adults with musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions.; Methods: The cross-sectional data were from a quota sampling of 494 pairs of disabled older adults and their primary family caregivers in Shanghai, China. The disabled older adults had MSK conditions and limitations in activities of daily living.

Wed, 10/24/2018 - 11:45

Association of impairments of older persons with caregiver burden among family caregivers: Findings from rural South India

Aim: In India, owing to cultural norms and a lack of formal long-term care facilities, responsibility for care of the older person falls primarily on the family.

Thu, 08/23/2018 - 14:45

Frail elderly with and without cognitive impairment at the end of life: Their emotional state and the wellbeing of their family caregivers

Purpose Of the Study: (1) To identify the main predictors of the emotional state of the frail elderly at the end-of-life and that of their primary family caregivers, taking into consideration the presence/absence of significant cognitive impairment in the patient and (2) to analyse the relationship between the emotional state of the patient and that of their primary family caregiver.; Methods: Our study is cross-sectional. 85 frail elderly patients at the end-of-life and their primary family caregivers participated.

Wed, 08/22/2018 - 15:31

Pre-admission functional decline in hospitalized persons with dementia: The influence of family caregiver factors

Older adults with dementia are more likely than those who do not have dementia to be hospitalized. Admission functional (ADL) performance is a salient factor predicting functional performance in older adults at discharge. The days preceding hospitalization are often associated with functional loss related to the acute illness. An understanding of functional changes during this transition will inform interventions to prevent functional decline.

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 15:39

End-of-life care of elderly patients with dementia: A cross-sectional study of family carer decision-making

Background: Dementia syndromes pose a major worldwide challenge to public health.

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 15:14