Study Reveals Caregivers And Their Relatives Disagree About Care Given and Received

Caregivers and their relatives who suffer from mild to moderate dementia often have different perceptions regarding the amount and quality of care given and received. A study by researchers at Penn State and the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging examined a major source of those differences — caregivers do not understand the things that are important to their relatives with dementia.
“Family caregivers often become the surrogate decision makers of relatives who have dementia, so the two groups need to communicate well and to understand each other,” said Steven Zarit, a professor and head of the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Penn State and the study’s leader. “Unfortunately, in our study we found that family caregivers and their relatives often do not understand each other well when it comes to the values they hold about giving and receiving care.”

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