Caregiving in Rural America: A Matter of Culture

  • Kathleen ChwaliszEmail author
  • Kathleen C. Buckwalter
  • Ronda C. Talley
Part of the Caregiving: Research, Practice, Policy book series (CARE)


Family caregiving is a universal experience, an act of love and filial responsibility, but also an essential part of the health and long-term care systems. In 2004, an estimated 44.4 million Americans over the age of 18 years (21% of the U.S. adult population) provided unpaid care for another adult in an estimated 22.9 million households (National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP, 2004). Family or other informal caregiving, although unpaid, has been estimated to have a value to American society of $257 billion annually (Arno, 2002), at a substantial cost to the individuals providing the care.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kathleen Chwalisz
    • 1
    Email author
  • Kathleen C. Buckwalter
    • 2
  • Ronda C. Talley
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PsychologySouthern Illinois UniversityCarbondaleUSA
  2. 2.John A. Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence, College of NursingUniversity of IowaIowaUSA
  3. 3.Suzanne Vitale Clinical Education ComplexWestern Kentucky University, Centers for Disease Control and PreventionBowling GreenUSA

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