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Recreation Programs for Caregivers of Older Adults: A Review and Analysis of Literature from 1990 to 1998

WithLeandra A. Bedini, Terri L. Phoenix

Due to social, economic, and medical factors, more adults are choosing to care for ill or disabled relatives at home. Although leisure and recreation have particular benefits for informal family caregivers of older adults, caregivers often have limited social and leisure lives. The purpose of this paper is to use an integrative review technique (Jackson, 1980) to identify common factors in recreation and leisure and related programs for caregivers of older adults. A total of 22 journal articles were reviewed yielding five categories of programs. All programs were reviewed separately and recommendations for practice and future research are presented. [Article copies available for a fee from The Haworth Document Delivery Service: 1–800-342–9678. E-mail address: [email protected] <Website:>]