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.
- 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.
- Aging & Mental Health
- Family Relations: Interdisciplinary Journal of Applied Family Studies
- Families, Systems, and Health
- Journal of Family Issues
- Journal of Gerontological Nursing
- Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences
- Journal of Marriage and Family
- Psychology and Aging
- Rehabilitation Psychology
- The Gerontologist
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).
- A Family Member's Guide to Coping with Traumatic Brain Injury (Extension: America’s Research –based Learning Network)
- Caregivers as Partners and Clients of Behavioral Health Services Webinar
(APA, SAMHSA, and the Administration on Aging)
Recording (WAV, 288MB) | Slides (PDF, 1.43MB) | Transcript (PDF, 57KB) | Resource List (PDF, 36KB)
- Caregiver Family Therapy: An Integrative Intervention for Family Caregivers offers a systemic approach to intervention that integrates many evidence based approaches within a structured model. This program is available online for a fee. (American Psychological Association)
- Family Caregiving at End-of-Life is one of 10 modules in a continuing education program for psychologists and other mental health professionals. This program is available online for a fee. (American Psychological Association)
- Family Caregiving Program has 9 interactive modules that teach family members the skills necessary for caring for older adults, as well as chronically ill and disabled individuals. It also prepares caregivers to take on the responsibility and challenges of caring for a loved one at home (The American Red Cross)
- Mental Health Needs of Family Caregivers: Identifying, Engaging and Assisting.
(APA, SAMHSA, and the Administration on Aging)
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- Military TBI and Family Caregiving 2-Part Webinar Series
- Native American Caregiver Curriculum (National Resource Center of Native American Aging)
- Online and Classroom Dementia Care Training Programs for Direct Care Workers, Other Professionals and Residential Communities (The Alzheimer’s Association)
- Patients' Family Members as Linchpins in Integrated Primary Care
- Talk, Listen, Connect: Deployments, Homecomings, Changes: Grief Facilitators Guide and Materials in English and Spanish (Sesame Workshop)
- Implementing a Community-Based Program for Dementia Caregivers: An Action Guide Using Reach Out (Centers for Disease Control & University of Michigan Institute of Gerontology )
- Visual education center for family caregivers with short videos online focusing on caregiver challenges (Terra Nova Films)