Family Caregiver Briefcase
Developed by the 2010 APA Presidential Task Force on Caregivers and released in January, the Family Caregiver Briefcase provides more than 160 pages of extensive information and resources for psychologists, other health professionals, and caregivers.
Psychologists have contributed substantially to the field of family caregiver research over the past several decades, particularly in assessing the psychological and physical health consequences to family members of caregiving of loved ones with different illnesses and in disabilities and devising relevant, accessible and cost-efficient interventions to help family members better cope with the challenges of caregiving.
The Briefcase provides an overview of key issues in family caregiver research and features profiles of three psychologists who have made important contributions to this field.
In addition, Office Director Deborah DiGilio and Diane Elmore, PhD, MPH, Associate Executive Director of the Public Interest Government Relations Office, met with Administration on Aging officials to discuss opportunities to collaborate on dissemination of the Briefcase, as part of initiatives marking 2011 as Year of the Family Caregiver. DiGilio is also presenting on the Briefcase before the National Coalition on Mental Health and Aging on March 15.