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Research on Caregiving and Caregivers

Social Gerontologists and other researchers are increasingly examining the effects of care giving to the elderly (as well as the chronically ill and disabled) upon health care professionals, family and loved ones. Finding helpful and informative resources on the many issues facing caregiving and caregivers can be a tricky process. Knowing where to look to find relevant and up-to-date information can be problematic, especially when looking for online resources. Hopefully, by the end of this blog entry, some of the ambiguity and confusion in finding the best resources on this topic will be clarified and provide assistance in getting your research on the right track.

A great resource for information related to researching caregiving issues is http://www.caregiver.org. Created and maintained by the Family Caregiver Alliance, this site provides information on a broad range of topics such as depression in caregivers, assistive technology , and a wealth of statistics pertaining to caregivers in the United States. Caregiver.org provides additional resources on all of the subject pages, making it a great place to start when looking at caregiver issues.

Another great resource readily available online is the quarterly newsletter published by the National Family Caregivers Association, is TAKE CARE! - Self Care for the Family Caregiver. According to their site, TAKE CARE! is written to provide information, insight, support, and knowledge all about caregivers. Each article draws on the experience, and the innate understanding of practicing family caregivers. Many of the articles are based on research and information drawn from academia, health care, and the social sciences. The NFCA recently published the Winter 2010 issue of Take Care!, and also provide access to past issues of the publication.

Abstracts in Social Gerontology is UA zlibraries’ main resource for locating journal articles and other information on caregiving. This database goes back to 1990 and comprehensively covers gerontology issues.

Another great resource for articles dealing with caregivers is PubMed or MEDLINE. MEDLINE is the database of the National Library of Medicine, and provides access to over 19 million citations for biomedical articles and life science journals. Although access to the PubMed version of MEDLINE is available for free on the web, the University Libraries also subscribes to the Ebsco version. The Ebsco MEDLINEincludes all of the same content that is in PubMed, but uses the more user-friendly Ebsco interface for searching.

In addition to the many resources and articles available online, there are also abundant materials available right here at the Dewey Library. Some of these materials include:

Burau, Viola Desideria., Hildegard Theobald, and Robert H. Blank. Governing Home Care: a Cross-national Comparison. Cheltenham: E. Elgar, 2007.
Dewey Library / HV 1451 B86 2007

Fine, Michael D. A Caring Society?: Care and the Dilemmas of Human Service in the Twenty-first Century. Basingstoke [England]: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.
Dewey Library / HV 65 F56 2007

Retooling for an Aging America: Building the Health Care Workforce. Washington, D.C.: National Academies, 2008.
Dewey Library / RA 564.8 R48 2008

Shifren, Kim. How Caregiving Affects Development: Psychological Implications for Child, Adolescent, and Adult Caregivers. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, 2009.
Dewey Library / BF 713 H69 2009

Szinova�?cz, Maximiliane, and Adam Davey. Caregiving Contexts: Cultural, Familial, and Societal Implications. New York: Springer Pub., 2008.
Dewey Library / HV 1451 C325 2008

If you find yourself in need of research assistance on a topic related to caregiving or social welfare in general, please contact Elaine Bergman, who is our Bibliographer for Reference, Social Welfare, and Gerontology. She can be reached by phone at 442-3695 or by sending an email to ebergman@uamail.albany.edu.

Blog post created by Matthew Laudicina and Elaine Bergman