Summary: Given medical advances and greater understanding of healthful living habits, people are living longer lives. Proportionally speaking, a greater percentage of the population is elderly. Despite medical advances, there is still no cure for dementia, and as elderly individuals succumb to Alzheimer's Disease or related dementia, more and more people are having to care for their elderly parents and/or siblings. Profiles in Caregiving is a practical source of information f ...show moreor anyone who teaches caregiving, acts as a caregiver, or studies caregiving. This book discusses recent research on stress factors associated with caregiving, and what factors impact on successful versus non-successful adaptation to the care-giving role. This is an expanding field in gerontology, and is also of interest to personality and social psychologists studying stress and interpersonal relations. Although there are many books on the cause and treatment of dementia, there has not been a book that provides a research investigation into the factors associated with effective caregiving to dementia patients.
Profiles in Caregiving: The Unexpected Career examines the five major roles of caregiving: