Dominican University of California
 

Presentation or Panel Title

Caregiver Burden

Location

Guzman Lecture Hall, Dominican University of California

Start Date

4-20-2017 12:30 PM

End Date

4-20-2017 1:30 PM

Department

Health Sciences

Student Type

Undergraduate

Faculty Mentor

Michaela George, MPH, Ph.D.

Presentation Format

Poster Presentation

Abstract/Description

Caregiver Burden is a multidimensional strain or load that is brought by taking care of someone who is elderly, ill, or has a chronic disease(1). What is so intriguing about Caregiver’s Burden is that it looks at the emotional, social, financial, physical, and spiritual aspects of their lives (2). As an agency caregiver myself, I know that working with patients can sometimes be emotionally and physically stressful. Although I have never had a patient with Alzheimer’s disease, I know what difficulty that job may entail due to memory loss, language problems, and unpredictable behavior of the patient (3). The reason why I wanted to focus on this chronic illness, Alzheimer’s disease, is because it is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States (4). This number is expected to rise within the next 20 years (4). One in three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia (4). In 2015, more than 15 million caregivers provided an estimated 18.1 billion hours of unpaid care for Alzheimer’s disease (4). On top of that in 2016, an estimated of $236 billion is spent for healthcare, long-term care, and hospice due to Alzheimer’s disease (4). There is one that has shown a strong Caregiver Burden and caring for an individual with Alzheimer’s disease (5). That is why I wanted to focus on the gap of comparing family caregivers and agency caregivers with how they deal with the stress of caring for an Alzheimer’s disease patient. The purpose of my study is to answer the following questions: Is there more severity in caregiver burden for a family care giver rather than a caregiver agency? What specifically attributes to caregiver burden for both family and agency caregivers? What further intervention can be provided to alleviate the caregiver burden?

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Caregiver Burden

Guzman Lecture Hall, Dominican University of California

Caregiver Burden is a multidimensional strain or load that is brought by taking care of someone who is elderly, ill, or has a chronic disease(1). What is so intriguing about Caregiver’s Burden is that it looks at the emotional, social, financial, physical, and spiritual aspects of their lives (2). As an agency caregiver myself, I know that working with patients can sometimes be emotionally and physically stressful. Although I have never had a patient with Alzheimer’s disease, I know what difficulty that job may entail due to memory loss, language problems, and unpredictable behavior of the patient (3). The reason why I wanted to focus on this chronic illness, Alzheimer’s disease, is because it is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States (4). This number is expected to rise within the next 20 years (4). One in three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia (4). In 2015, more than 15 million caregivers provided an estimated 18.1 billion hours of unpaid care for Alzheimer’s disease (4). On top of that in 2016, an estimated of $236 billion is spent for healthcare, long-term care, and hospice due to Alzheimer’s disease (4). There is one that has shown a strong Caregiver Burden and caring for an individual with Alzheimer’s disease (5). That is why I wanted to focus on the gap of comparing family caregivers and agency caregivers with how they deal with the stress of caring for an Alzheimer’s disease patient. The purpose of my study is to answer the following questions: Is there more severity in caregiver burden for a family care giver rather than a caregiver agency? What specifically attributes to caregiver burden for both family and agency caregivers? What further intervention can be provided to alleviate the caregiver burden?