Journal of Gerontological Nursing

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Why Do They Do It?

Abstract

Providing care for an elderly family member has been proven to be burdensome, stressful, and depressing. Yet, more than 80% of the care for older people in the US is provided by family members. Why do they continue in this difficult role? Because of a deep sense of personal satisfaction and growth, says a study by the Philadelphia Geriatric Center. Despite rmdings that caregiving spouses are at higher risk for developing a variety of mental and physical illnesses, rangbig from depression to high blood pressure to diabetes, they continue to provide the needed care for many years [Research Highlights: An Update from the Edward and Esther Polisher Research Institute of Philadelphia Geriatric Center. 1990; 2(1):1,2,4].…

Providing care for an elderly family member has been proven to be burdensome, stressful, and depressing. Yet, more than 80% of the care for older people in the US is provided by family members. Why do they continue in this difficult role? Because of a deep sense of personal satisfaction and growth, says a study by the Philadelphia Geriatric Center. Despite rmdings that caregiving spouses are at higher risk for developing a variety of mental and physical illnesses, rangbig from depression to high blood pressure to diabetes, they continue to provide the needed care for many years [Research Highlights: An Update from the Edward and Esther Polisher Research Institute of Philadelphia Geriatric Center. 1990; 2(1):1,2,4].

10.3928/0098-9134-19901001-18

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