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date: 22 September 2019

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The numbers of persons with dementia is growing at a very fast rate worldwide. This places a growing demand on family caregivers to provide informal and often unpaid care while they juggle with life’s other demands such as caring for a child and employment. Over the past decade, much research had been done to develop and disseminate interventions for these caregivers. This chapter will first paint a picture of who the caregivers are, what they do, and an overview of the positive/negative impacts associated with caregiving. We will then present a conceptual model for understanding dementia caregiver’s strengths and strains, followed by assessment tools that can be administered to caregivers in clinical and research settings. Next, we will identify various evidence-based interventions designed to reduce dementia caregiver distress and also discuss some ‘promising’ interventions that are currently in the pipeline. Attention will also be drawn to some barriers and challenges for implementing such interventions. And lastly, a summary of the key points addressed in this chapter will be provided, along with implications for practice and for future research in the field.

Keywords: ageing, Alzheimer's disease, caregiver, caregiving, dementia, evidence-based programmes, intervention, psychoeducation, psychotherapy, stress

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