10 Caring for Older Adults: Challenges for Families

Kathleen W. Piercy

Introduction

Situations like Terrence and Louise's (see page 151) occur every day. Though people become caregivers to older adults for many reasons, those who care for persons with dementia face a plethora of daily challenges. In addition to providing help with basic tasks of everyday life, dementia caregivers must deal with the loss of the person they have known as the disease progresses. This loss strikes families equally hard regardless of their financial and social circumstances. The actor David Hyde Pierce, author and reporter Maria Shriver, and former first lady Rosalynn Carter have dedicated considerable time and resources to raising funds and awareness for those with Alzheimer's disease and their caregivers. Mrs. Carter founded The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving for the express purpose of “building support for caregivers throughout ...

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