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Austrom MG, Lu YY, Perkins AJ
Impact of noncaregiving-related stressors on informal caregiver outcomes.
The researchers studied the most stressful events experienced by spouse caregivers of older adults with Alzheimer s disease during a 6-month period. They found that caregivers reported no stressors 21.5% of the time, 1-2 stressors 25% of the time, and 3 stressors 53% of the time with 318 stressors reported in total. They concluded that their results can be used to develop targeted intervention and support strategies for spouse caregivers experiencing non-caregiving related stressors as well as the traditional challenges with caregiving-related issues.
Citation: Austrom MG, Lu YY, Perkins AJ . Impact of noncaregiving-related stressors on informal caregiver outcomes. Am J Alzheimers Dis Other Demen 2014 Aug;29(5):426-32. doi: 10.1177/1533317513518652.
Keywords: Caregiving, Dementia, Elderly, Stress