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Family Caregivers’ Experiences With Health Care Workers in the Care of Older Adults With Activity Limitations

A study by Jennifer Wolff, Vicki Freedman, John Mulcahy, and Judith Kasper in JAMA Open Network finds nearly one-half of caregivers were never asked by older adults' clinicians about whether they needed help in managing care. Caregivers of adults with dementia were more likely to report being asked about needing help, but no more likely to be asked about whether they understood treatments or felt listened to by healthcare professionals. Further investigation into how to create and sustain supportive relationships between caregivers and older adults' health care workers may facilitate higher-quality care. ...Read More

Discussion of Memory During Primary Care Visits of Older Adults with Cognitive Impairment and Accompanying Family

Study by Jennifer Aufill, Halima Amjad, Debra Roter, and Jennifer Wolff in International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry examines factors associated with memory-related discussion in routine primary care visits of older adults. The study finds discussion of memory appears largely driven by the clinician's, but not the family's, ratings of patient cognition and presence of an established diagnosis, suggesting potential benefit of engaging family to improve cognitive impairment detection in primary care. ...Read More

Factors Associated with Receipt of Training Among Caregivers of Older Adults

Using 2015 National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS) data, investigators examined the prevalence of role-related training for family caregivers of older adults. Only 7% of family and unpaid caregivers of older adults reported receiving training related to their caregiving role and were more likely to receive training if they assisted an older adult who had been hospitalized in the previous year or received payment for caregiving. Results indicate that few family caregivers receive role-related training and that access to training is not significantly associated with caregiver or older adult needs. ...Read More