Caregivers, Long-Term Care, and Social Health
Alzheimer’s disease is the costliest disease in large part because of its long duration of disability and resulting need for labor-intensive long-term care (LTC). This chapter examines both informal and formal caregivers and the heavy burden placed on families, primarily women. It analyzes the tension between home versus institutional care and recent policy attempts to strengthen LTC services. The chapter then analyzes the emerging emphasis on the social health of AD patients and summarizes research across many disciplines in developing new care approaches.
KeywordsLong-term care for AD patients Caretakers Burden of Alzheimer’s on families Social health of AD patients
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