Population aging in the U.S. has increased the need for professional and unpaid (i.e. informal) caregivers. A family member is typically the primary caregiver, but older adults living with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia (ADRD) often require care that exceeds the abilities of the caregiver. This symposium will share findings from ongoing research on the roles, well-being, and strategies of caregivers for older adults with ADRD. Topics will include effective techniques when communicating with persons with ADRD, caregivers use of assistive technology, and caregiving among Hispanic populations. The multidisciplinary panel will engage with the audience in a discussion on challenges and future areas of research.
Describe the societal impact of caregiving in the United States
List strategies that caregivers and health care providers can use to effectively communicate with older adults with dementia
Describe technology based intervention opportunities for aged caregiver populations
List health disparities in dementia outcomes among Hispanics
Describe trends in healthcare utilization by older Mexican Americans with dementia