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., & Williams, A.A. (2013). Caregiver Family Therapy Empowering Families to Meet the Challenges of Aging. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.
  • 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 D.C.: 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
  • About A Boy (importance of nonfamily members in a family structure).
  • Age-Old Friends (long-term care, family relations, social support in late life).
  • Amour (husband caring for spouse with vascular dementia; ending that may not make for an appropriate recommendation for caregivers).
  • A Warm Wind (family caregiver for Iraq war veteran).
  • Away From Her (intergenerational relations, family caregiving, caring for a parent, Alzheimer’s disease).
  • Big Fish (death, dying and coming to terms with a difficult parent, somewhat fantastical).
  • Dad (intergenerational relations, family caregiving, caring for a parent).
  • Caregiving documentaries.
  • Gen Silent (LGBT aging documentary).
  • I Never Sang for My Father (caring for a parent, family relations, intergenerational relations).
  • Intouchables (French movie about a paraplegic).
  • Iris (love and intimacy in life-span context, Alzheimer’s disease).
  • Little Miss Sunshine (family caregiving for a uncle with mental illness and an aging grandfather).
  • Lorenzo's Oil (caring for children with disabilities, family caregiving).
  • Love Story (spousal caregiving, death and dying).
  • Nebraska (father with cognitive impairment and estranged son road trip).
  • Still Alice (focused on a woman with early Alzheimer's).
  • Tatie Danielle (personality in later life, gender and aging, family caregiving, social exchange model of aging, humor and aging).
  • Terms of Endearments (intergenerational relations, family caregiving, death and dying).
  • The Judge (caring for a difficult/estranged father after mother's death).
  • The Notebook (Alzheimer’s disease, spousal caregiving).
  • The Rain Man (sibling caregiving, Autism).
  • The Savages (intergenerational relations, family caregiving, caring for a parent).
  • The Theory of Everything (ALS, biography of Stephen Hawking).
  • The Trip to Bountiful (meaning of and attachment to place, intergenerational relations, caring for a parent, rural aging).
  • Up (animated film; family caregiving, intergenerational relationships, death and dying).
  • Volver (mother-child relationship, mother comes back into daughter's life after a tragedy to help fix it, not necessarily obviously caregiving, but about family structure).
  • What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (developmental disability, caring for a sibling, parent caring).
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