Informal family caregivers represent an increasingly large group within the context of an aging society. The experience of caregiving for an older adult can be both rewarding and challenging. In this course, we will seek to understand knowledge, theory, and interventions relevant to the experience of family caregiving for an older adult. We will examine how caregiver stress can contribute to adverse effects or be buffered by different types of support and coping styles. The course will consider how the caregiving journey is experienced and negotiated differently by caregivers of diverse social locations. Core assignments seek to relate course theory and research to real-life caregiver experience.
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