ABSTRACT

In the U ni ted States, increasing attention has been gi ven to understanding the needs of caregivers and to developing services to support families in their role as informal caregiver to older adults, grandparents raising grandchildren, and older adults providing care for adult children with mental and physical disabilities. A caregiver is one who provides some type of help to an incapacitated person who needs some kind of physical, financial, or emotional assistance, such as bathing, grocery shopping, paying bills, eating, driving, and companionship. Informal caregi vers are family members or friends who provide unpaid care (Family Caregiver Alliance, 2001; Pandya, 2005).