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International Perspectives on Nonpharmacological Best Practices for Dementia Family Caregivers: A Review
Clinical Gerontologist (2012)
  • Dolores Gallagher-Thompson, Stanford University
  • Yuan Marian Tzuang, Stanford University
  • Alma Au, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Henry Brodaty, University of New South Wales
  • Georgina Charlesworth, University College London
  • Rashmi Gupta, San Francisco State University
  • Sang E. Lee, San Jose State University
  • Andrés Losada, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos
  • Yea-Ing Shyu, Chang Gung University
Abstract
This review begins by highlighting the fact that dementia is truly a global problem at this time, with incidence and prevalence rates rising rapidly in most parts of the world and only expected to increase. Along with this comes the growing demand for programs and services targeted to support both the person with dementia and his or her family caregivers. Around the globe such programs are being developed, evaluated, and put into practice, with government funding and needed infrastructures to support them. However, the many pressing needs of family caregivers for services to reduce their burden and improve quality of life for themselves and their relative far outstrip available programs—even in highly developed countries such as the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia. This is even more so the case in less developed countries and regions such as China, India, Africa, and South and Central America. We conducted an extensive search of existing databases and publications related to this topic, and in this article we both review and critique existing programs and service models. There are descriptive sections on evidence-based programs and practices, as well as discussion of promising areas for future research. In addition, we discuss some of the formidable barriers that prevent or delay access to care in even the more developed countries. Finally, we conclude with a set of recommendations that we believe will enhance growth and productivity in this field.
Keywords
  • aging,
  • Alzheimer's disease,
  • carers,
  • caregivers,
  • caregiving,
  • dementia,
  • nonpharmacological treatments
Disciplines
Publication Date
2012
DOI
10.1080/07317115.2012.678190
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Citation Information
Dolores Gallagher-Thompson, Yuan Marian Tzuang, Alma Au, Henry Brodaty, et al.. "International Perspectives on Nonpharmacological Best Practices for Dementia Family Caregivers: A Review" Clinical Gerontologist Vol. 35 Iss. 4 (2012) p. 316 - 355 ISSN: 0731-7115
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/sang-lee/11/