Older Caregivers: Who They Are and How to Support Them.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Caregivers play a crucial role in providing health and social supports to their family and friends. Older adults who take on caregiving roles are themselves uniquely vulnerable to negative health and financial effects due to their age and underlying health risks. Many caregivers do not receive adequate support - either formally or informally - exacerbating the strains of providing care. Racial and ethnic minority caregivers may be less likely to report receiving support in their role and face additional challenges. We describe these caregivers over 65 and the burdens they face. We recommend community health workers, direct compensation, and normalization of respite care to support these essential care workers in their role and as they age.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Petry, SE; Lara, L; Boucher, NA

Published Date

  • March 15, 2022

Published In

Start / End Page

  • 1 - 14

PubMed ID

  • 35290168

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1545-0821

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0895-9420

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/08959420.2022.2051683


  • eng