Bridging the Family Care Gap explores and identifies potential solutions to prepare communities for the future shortage of family caregivers. The book examines the sustainability and availability of various care management models and whether they can be scaled up to reach the sheer number of older adults with chronic conditions. It identifies newly emerging policy initiatives at local, state and federal levels, and appraises the policy recommendations from the National Academies of Science study on family caregiving for older adults in the US and its potential influence on policy.
In addition, the book addresses novel topics such as the "aging in place" movement, the diversification of the long-term care workforce, and the evolution of age-friendly and dementia-friendly communities. Finally, it explores the incorporation of lay healthcare workers as guides, interpreters and advocates in healthcare systems to help family caregivers when they manage the care of relatives.
- Details threats to the sustainability of family caregiving, including sociodemographic, chronic disease and socioeconomic challenges
- Presents solutions to the caregiving gap in a systematic, synthesized manner
- Addresses the intersection of family caregiving and technology
- Discusses chronic disease management to offset and reduce the need for family caregiving
- Describes models of caregiver support in work settings
- Reimagines the delivery of long-term services and supports with novel initiatives
2. Managing Chronic Disease
3. Technology: Supplement, Substitute, or Spurious?
4. Environmental Advances
5. The Diversification of Caregiving
6. Chronic Care Management Models: From Primary to Specialty Care
7. The State of Community-Based Long-Term Care
8. Marshalling Evidence: How Do We Increase Uptake of Evidence-Based Caregiver Programs?
9. Policy Developments and Initiatives
10. The Context of Employment and Caregiving
11. Community Solutions to Caregiving
12. Looking Ahead and What Can Be Learned From Other Communities
Joseph E. Gaugler, PhD is a Professor in the School of Nursing and Center on Aging at The University of Minnesota.". Dr. Gaugler's research examines the sources and effectiveness of long-term care for chronically disabled older adults. A developmental psychologist with an interdisciplinary research focus, Dr. Gaugler's interests include Alzheimer's disease and long-term care, the longitudinal ramifications of family care for disabled adults, and the effectiveness of community-based and psychosocial services for chronically ill adults and their caregiving families. Underpinning these substantive areas, Dr. Gaugler also has interests in longitudinal and mixed methods.
Dr. Gaugler currently serves as Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Applied Gerontology and on the editorial boards of Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, Journals of Gerontology: Social Sciences, and Psychology and Aging. He was awarded the 2003 Springer Early Career Achievement Award in Adult Development and Aging Research, the 2011 M. Powell Lawton Distinguished Contribution Award for Applied Gerontology from the American Psychological Association (Division 20: Adult Development and Aging), the 2011 Dean's Award from the University of Minnesota School of Nursing, and the 2015 Gordon Streib Distinguished Academic Gerontologist Award from the Southern Gerontological Society. He is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and the American Psychological Association.