Caregiver Age

Intervention studies have identified the age of the caregiver as being a factor that can influence whether certain types of intervention will be effective or not.  The needs and concerns of older adults are distinct than those of younger carers. The capacity to provide care, for example, is a point of concern for older carers who may also be experiencing declines in health and function.  Programs designed specifically for older caregivers, such as the Older Carers Program (Hancock, Jarvis, & L’Veena, 2007), demonstrate that interventions  based specifically around the particular respite need of older caregivers can be effective.

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