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The family and ageing in Korea: a new concern and challenge

Author:
CHOI Sung-Jae
Journal article citation:
Ageing and Society, 16(1), January 1996, pp.1-25.
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press

Many changes in familial factors under the influence of modernisation have limited the Korean family's function or capability to support and care for elderly members, and are contributing to the problems of ageing. Ageing as a social problem is a new concern in Korea which has never been experienced before, and a new challenge to the family and the state. Problems associated with current policies are discussed and recommendations for future development are made.

Book

Social work with the aged and their families

Author:
GREENE Roberta R.
Publisher:
De Gruyter
Publication year:
1986
Pagination:
261p., diags., bibliog.
Place of publication:
New York
Journal article

Perceived overload as a predictor of physical strain among spousal and adult child caregivers of frail elders in the community

Author:
KANG Suk-Young
Journal article citation:
Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 26(7-8), 2016, pp.636-647.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis
Place of publication:
Philadelphia, USA

Family caregivers of frail elders can experience physical strain associated with caregiving. Identifying correlates of caregiver strain can provide an important impetus for tackling the causes and providing effective interventions. Utilizing data from the 1999 National Long-Term Care Survey, the current study examined correlates of caregiver physical strain among 956 family caregivers, using the stress process model. As multiple regression analyses indicated, the caregiver’s perceived overload predicted greater strain for both spousal and adult child caregivers. For both groups, common correlates of physical strain were caregiving demands, the caregiver’s perceived overload, and limitations placed on the caregiver’s life. The results demonstrate that the family relationship of the caregiver (spouse or adult child) leads to variations and dynamics in caregiver strains, due to qualitatively different relationships. (Publisher abstract)

Journal article

Transitions in caregiving: evaluating a person-centered approach to supporting family caregivers in the community

Authors:
SUNDAR Vidyalakshmi, FOX Susan W., PHILLIPS Kimberly G.
Journal article citation:
Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 56(6-7), 2013, pp.750-765.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis
Place of publication:
Philadelphia, USA

Caregivers of older adults provide a wide range of informal supports and services that enable older adults to continue living in the community. This study describes the use of a multicomponent intervention combined with a person-centered approach to assist caregivers of older adults in the community. Four hundred and eighteen caregiver and care recipient dyads participated in this study and their outcomes related to burden, depression, well-being, and care recipient functional status were evaluated. The findings suggest that adult child and spousal caregivers experience burden differently. Programs designed to support caregivers must tailor services to the unique needs of adult child and spousal caregivers. (Publisher abstract)

Journal article

A family approach to delirium: a review of the literature

Author:
HALLOWAY Shannon
Journal article citation:
Aging and Mental Health, 18(2), 2014, pp.129-139.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis

This literature review had the following objectives: (1) evaluate the current state of research into delirium management (prevention, identification, or treatment of delirium) with family approaches or involvement, (2) identify gaps and areas that require investigation, and (3) determine a future course of research. A comprehensive search of original research was conducted in six major databases using seven keywords in 2012. The literature search yielded a total of 2160 articles. Criteria for eligibility were met by a total of 11 articles. The articles were evaluated in regards to purpose, sample, research design, level of evidence, variables, and results. The literature review revealed that this topic is emergent and requires substantial additional research. The aspects of delirium care that researchers investigated were diverse and included bedside interventions (n = 3), screening strategies (n = 4), family education (n = 2), and care that employed multiple components (n = 2). Delirium outcomes improved significantly in two high-quality studies: one multi-component intervention and one bedside intervention program. Other noteworthy findings of lower quality studies warrant further examination. The review of the articles did not determine if the involvement of families in delirium management improves patient outcomes; however, the review revealed potential for program development and future courses of research.

Journal article

The effectiveness of dyadic interventions for people with dementia and their caregivers

Authors:
MOON Heehyul, ADAMS Kathryn Betts
Journal article citation:
Dementia: the International Journal of Social Research and Practice, 12(6), 2013, pp.821-839.
Publisher:
Sage

To review the effects of dyadic interventions on caregivers and care recipients in the early stages of dementia searches were carried out on four databases (AgeLine, Medline, EBSCO, and PyscINFO) and relevant literature from 2000 onwards reviewed. The twelve studies identified used a variety of intervention approaches including support group, counseling, cognitive stimulation, skill training, and notebook-keeping. This review suggests that intervention programs for early-stage dementia caregiving dyads were feasible and well accepted by participants. The reviewed studies provided rich evidence of the significance of mutual understanding and communication to partners’ well-being and relationship quality within the caregiving process. The findings suggest that these intervention approaches improved cognitive function of the care recipients, social relations, and the relationship between the primary caregivers and the care recipients, although evidence of long-term effectiveness is lacking. (Edited publisher abstract)

Journal article

Changes in adult child caregiver networks

Authors:
SZINOVACZ Maximiliane, DAVEY Adam
Journal article citation:
Gerontologist, 47(3), June 2007, pp.280-295.
Publisher:
Gerontological Society of America

Caregiving research has typically relied on cross-sectional data that focus on the primary caregiver. This approach neglects the dynamic and systemic character of caregiver networks. This analyses addressed changes in adult child care networks over a 2-year period from a sample in Florida. The study relied on pooled data from Waves 1 through 5 of the Health and Retirement Study. Based on a matrix of specific adult child caregivers across two consecutive time points, the study assessed changes in any adult child caregiver as well as in the primary adult child caregiver. More than half of all adult-child care networks, including more than one fourth of primary adult child caregivers, changed between waves. Gender composition of the caregiver network and availability of other adult child caregivers were particularly important for network change, but socioeconomic context, caregiver abilities and resources, and caregiver burden played a role as well. The results underline the need to shift caregiving research toward a dynamic life course and family systems perspective. They also raise concerns about the viability of informal care networks for future smaller birth cohorts and suggest that health care providers need to recognize and address coordination and potential conflicts among care network members.

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Person-centred approaches and older families

Authors:
MAGRILL Dalia, SANDERSON Helen, SHORT Alison
Publisher:
Mental Health Foundation
Publication year:
2005
Pagination:
48p.
Place of publication:
London

This booklet highlights good practice in using person-centred approaches with older families. It is aimed at person-centred planning coordinators and facilitators, but is a useful resource for anyone working with older families. The booklet particularly helps to unpick some of the key issues that might impact on the way that person-centred planning approaches are used with older families.

Journal article

Access to assets: older people with impaired capacity and financial abuse

Authors:
McCAWLEY Anne-Louise, et al
Journal article citation:
Journal of Adult Protection, 8(1), May 2006, pp.20-32.
Publisher:
Emerald

This article draws upon findings from a secondary analysis of suspected financial abuse cases in files of the Guardianship and Administration Tribunal in Queensland, Australia. The article explores the association between formal and semi-formal asset management arrangements and suspected financial abuse cases. The role of families as formal asset managers is also considered.

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Supporting older families: making a real difference

Author:
MAGRILL Dalia
Publisher:
Mental Health Foundation
Publication year:
2005
Pagination:
107p.
Place of publication:
London

Older families are a priority group for support, but it is important that their needs are linked in to the mainstream agendas of services for people with learning disabilities, older people and carers generally. It is important that we make sure that older families have their needs met now, and are supported to remain together for as long as they wish whilst planning for the future with confidence. However, it is equally important that we get things right for older families now so that others who are growing older do not face the same anxieties, uncertainty and fears that so many older family carers have lived with for decades.

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