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Family Caregiving

  • By: Lisa Sparks
  • In: Encyclopedia of Health Communication
  • Edited by: Teresa L. Thompson
  • Subject:Public Health Education & Health Promotion, Health Psychology, Health Communication

Regardless of language, culture, or country, caregiving has become an everyday part of life for millions of people around the world. Though terminology and language of what constitutes a “caregiver” varies by culture, these millions of caregivers provide care to family members, partners, or friends each year, most often because they are sick, elderly, or have a disability. The care provided is unpaid, and often unrecognized and undersupported. In most countries, family care is the primary means of caregiving, with immediate or extended family, rather than institutions, responsible for the care of loved ones who are ill or aged. Further, family caregiving is a potential public health issue that will challenge society with caregivers who themselves suffer from various medical conditions. Individuals are living longer, ...

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