Pub. date: 2004 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412952576 | Print ISBN: 9780761923602 | Online ISBN: 9781412952576| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Caregiving and Stress
Peggye Dilworth-Anderson & Sharon Wallace Williams
The role of caregiver to older people in this society is well documented, and those receiving care often have both physical and cognitive limitations. It is also well documented that caregiving is more often stressful than nonstressful. This stress may increase for caregivers in the future, given that over the next several decades the prevalence of cognitive impairment among older people is expected to increase while physical limitations are expected to remain the same. Furthermore, with the projected increase in the aging population of the United States by the year 2050 (those over age 65 will increase to 20.3%), examining the role of caregiving has become a more critical issue. The importance of this issue is even more significant when we examine the projected increase of racial/ethnic minority elders in the future; it is expected that this group of elders will increase at a much higher rate than non-Hispanic White ...