Resources for Educators

The following are recommended resources for educators interested in incorporating family caregiving into their academic courses or training. Many are useful in work with family caregivers in community or residential settings.

The following are examples of books that can be used as teaching resources:
  • Coon, D. W., Gallagher-Thompson, D., & Thompson, L. W. (Eds.). (2003). Innovative interventions to reduce dementia caregiver distress: A clinical guide. New York: Springer Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Feldman, D. B., & Lasher, S. A. (2008). The End-of-Life Handbook: A compassionate guide to connecting with and caring for a dying loved one. New Harbinger Publications.
  • Heymann, J. (2000). The Widening Gap: Why America's working families are injeopardy and what can be done about it. New York: Basic Books.
  • Kramer, B. J., and Thompson, E.H. (Eds.). (2002). Men as caregivers. Amherst: Prometheus Books.
  • Mace, N. L., & Rabins, P. V. (2006). The 36 hour day: A family guide to caring for persons with Alzheimer’s disease, related dementing illnesses, and memory loss in later life. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.
  • Qualls, S. H., & Zarit, S. H. (2009). Aging families and caregiving: A clinician’s guide to research, practice, and technology. New York: Wiley Publishing.
  • Shifren, K. (Ed.). (2009). How caregiving affects development: Psychological implications for child, adolescent and adult caregivers. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
  • Schulz, R. (Ed.). (2000). Handbook on dementia caregiving: Evidence-based interventions for family caregivers. New York, NY, US: Springer.
  • Shanks, L. K. (2005). Your name is Hughes Hannibal Shanks. Lincoln, NE: Bison Books.
  • Spirito, A., & Kazak, A. E. (2006). Effective and emerging treatments in pediatric psychology. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Yeo, G. & Gallagher-Thompson, D. (Eds.) (2006). Ethnicity and the dementias, 2nd ed. New York: Taylor and Francis Group.
  • Woznick, L. A. & Goodheart, C. D. (2001). Living with childhood cancer: A practical guide to help families cope. Washington DC: American Psychological Association.

Primary source articles on caregiving can also be useful in teaching. The following journals are among those that publish research on family caregiving. In addition, some specific articles focused on caregiving for children are noted.




Selected Movies with Caregiving Themes:

  • Up (animated film; family caregiving, intergenerational relationships, death and dying)
  • Terms of Endearments (intergenerational relations, family caregiving, death and dying)
  • Lorenzo's Oil (caring for children with disabilities, family caregiving)
  • What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (developmental disability, caring for a sibling, parent caring)
  • Love Story (spousal caregiving, death and dying)
  • The Rain Man (sibling caregiving, Autism)
  • Away From Her (intergenerational relations, family caregiving, caring for a parent, Alzheimer’s disease)
  • The Notebook (Alzheimer’s disease, spousal caregiving)
  • I Never Sang for My Father (caring for a parent, family relations, intergenerational relations)
  • Iris (love and intimacy in life-span context, Alzheimer’s disease)
  • Tatie Danielle (personality in later life, gender and aging, family caregiving, social exchange model of aging, humor and aging)
  • The Trip to Bountiful (meaning of and attachment to place, intergenerational relations, caring for a parent, rural aging)
  • Age-Old Friends (long-term care, family relations, social support in late life)
  • Dad (intergenerational relations, family caregiving, caring for a parent)
  • The Savages (intergenerational relations, family caregiving, caring for a parent)
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