Resources for the Whole Family
- So Far Away: Twenty Questions for Long Distance Caregivers
- What’s Happening to Grandpa?
For children preschool-grade 3. A children’s story telling the experience of young Kate and the challenges her family experiences when Kate’s Grandpa is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
- Lotsa Helping Hands -Lotsa Helping Hands is a free online tool for caregivers to organize care and communicate with other family members, friends and neighbors.
- Elder Mediation: Shared Family Decision Making
- Women caregivers are more likely than men to help with the more intense, personal aspects of care, such as bathing, dressing, toileting, and managing incontinence. (Alzheimer’s Association Facts and Figures – Women)
- 10 million women are currently providing unpaid care to someone with Alzheimer’s or another dementia. (Alzheimer’s Association Facts and Figures – Women)
- The typical family caregiver is a 49-year-old woman caring for her widowed 69-year-old mother who does not live with her. She is married and employed. Approximately 66% of family caregivers are women. More than 37% have children or grandchildren under 18 years old living with them. (Caregiving in the United States; National Alliance for Caregiving in collab. With AARP Nov. ’09)
- Studies show that female caregivers receive less caregiving support than male caregivers. Even women caring for husbands with advanced Alzheimer’s disease received less support from family and friends than men caring for wives in similar situations. (Alzheimer’s Association Facts and Figures – Women)
- Among working women caregivers, 20 percent have gone from working full time to part time, compared with only 3 percent of working male caregivers. (Alzheimer’s Association Facts and Figures – Women)
- A national study on women and caregiving highlighted the conflicting demands of work and eldercare. The study found that:
- 33% of working women decreased work hours
- 29% passed up a job promotion, training or assignment
- 22% took a leave of absence
- 20% switched from full-time to part-time employment
- 16% quit their jobs
- 13% retired early
- Women in the Middle: Their Parent-Care Years, Elaine Brody
Describes and discusses caregiving women’s subjective feelings, experiences, and problems, and the effects on their mental and physical well-being, lifestyles, family relationships, and vocational activities. These case studies and narratives present an insider’s view of the harsh and sometimes joyful experience of caregiving.
- Is Caring for Aging Parents Unfair to Women? Forbes Article detailing:
- Advocating between siblings
- Caregiver contracts
- Specific division of labor
- Building a Caregiver Contract
- Who Says Men Don’t Care? James Gambone, Ph.D., and Rhonda Travland, M.S.
- The Reef – For Male Caregivers – Support resource for men.
- Caregiver Stress Syndrome What’s Different for Men?
- Minding our Elders: Caregivers Share Their Personal Stories, Carol Bradley Bursack
- Ingersoll-Dayton, B., Neal, M., Ha, J., Hammer, L., “Redressing Inequity in Parent Care Among Siblings,” Journal of Marriage and Family (2003).
- Zarit. S., “Caregiving Revisited: Old and New Perspectives on Families Assisting Elders,” Lecture, Gerontological Society of America (2005).
- Suitor, J., Pillmer, K., “Mothers’ Favoritism in Later Life Families: The Role of Children’s Birth Order,” Research on Aging (2007).
- Russo, Francine, They’re Your Parents, Too! How Siblings Can Survive Their Parents’ Aging Without Driving Each Other Crazy (2010) New York: Bantam.
- Russo, Francine, “When Elder Care Brings Back Sibling Tensions“
- Russo, Francine, “Who Cares More for Mom?“
- Adult Family Conflict Resolution