Bridging the Family Care Gap

Bridging the Family Care Gap

1st Edition - January 9, 2021

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  • Editor: Joseph Gaugler
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128138984
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128138991

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Bridging the Family Care Gap explores expected future shortages of family caregivers of older persons and identifies potential solutions. The book examines the sustainability and availability of care management models and whether they can be effectively scaled up to meet community needs. It identifies newly emerging policy initiatives at local, state, and federal levels. The book addresses the state of family caregiving science, dissemination and implementation of promising programs and supports, technological innovations, and other strategies to offset the family care gap. This edited volume also explores lay healthcare workers as guides, interpreters, and advocates in healthcare systems that provide continuity of contact for family caregivers.

Key Features

  • Details threats to family caregiving-sociodemographic, chronic disease, and socioeconomic challenges
  • Presents solutions to the caregiving gap in a systematic, synthesized manner
  • Addresses the intersection of family caregiving and technology
  • Discusses chronic disease management to offset and reduce the need for family caregiving
  • Describes models of caregiver support in work settings
  • Reimagines the delivery of long-term services and supports with novel initiatives


Researchers, students, and policy-makers in psychology, gerontology, social work, geriatrics, medicine, public health, community health, and aging

Table of Contents

  • Section I    The contexts of the family care gap

    1. Public health perspectives on the family care gap
    Erin D. Bouldin, Elena M. Andresen, Valerie J. Edwards, Justin P. Kearley, Nia Reed, and Lisa C. McGuire

    2. Diverse, culturally rich approaches to family care in the United States
    Manka J. Nkimbeng and Lauren J. Parker

    3. Caregiving in a rural context: Challenges and recommendations
    Carrie Henning-Smith and Megan Lahr

    Section II    Leveraging the past to inform the future

    4. A systematic review of interventions that reduce family/friend caregiving time
    Zachary G. Baker, Eric Jutkowitz, and Joseph E. Gaugler

    5. Recommendations for the future science of family caregiving services and supports: A synthesis of recent summits and national reports
    Lauren L. Mitchell and Joseph E. Gaugler

    Section III    Getting the best evidence into the real world

    6. Implementing and sustaining family care programs in real-world settings: Barriers and facilitators
    Nancy Hodgson and Laura N. Gitlin

    7. Unique models and initiatives that states are working on to “close” the family care gap
    Christine J. Jensen and Laura J. Bauer

    8. Update on the status of effective programs to help dementia family caregivers in the United States: Observations from the search for programs to include in Best Practice Caregiving
    Katie Maslow, David M. Bass, and Julie H. Rentsch

    Section IV    Innovative solutions

    9. Driving change: Advancing policies to address the escalating complexities and costs of family care
    Lynn Friss Feinberg, Susan C. Reinhard, and Rita B. Choula

    10. Developing a quality home care workforce to complement family caregivers and bridge the emerging care gap
    Robyn Stone

    11. Identifying, assessing, and supporting family caregivers in health and long-term care: Current progress and future opportunities
    Catherine A. Riffin and Jennifer L. Wolff

    12. Technology-based solutions to address the family care gap challenge
    George Demiris

    13. Leveraging volunteers to support dementia family caregivers: An innovative approach to care and support
    Noelle L. Fields, Erin M. Roark, and Ling Xu

    14. Health information technology and family caregiving: Policy initiatives
    Nicole Ruggiano

    Section V    Conclusion

    15. Supporting family care for older adults: Building a better bridge
    Joseph E. Gaugler

Product details

  • No. of pages: 496
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2021
  • Published: January 9, 2021
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128138984
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128138991

About the Editor

Joseph Gaugler

Joseph Gaugler
Joseph E. Gaugler, PhD is a Professor in the School of Nursing and Center on Aging at The University of Minnesota.". Dr. Gaugler's research examines the sources and effectiveness of long-term care for chronically disabled older adults. A developmental psychologist with an interdisciplinary research focus, Dr. Gaugler's interests include Alzheimer's disease and long-term care, the longitudinal ramifications of family care for disabled adults, and the effectiveness of community-based and psychosocial services for chronically ill adults and their caregiving families. Underpinning these substantive areas, Dr. Gaugler also has interests in longitudinal and mixed methods.

Dr. Gaugler currently serves as Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Applied Gerontology and on the editorial boards of Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, Journals of Gerontology: Social Sciences, and Psychology and Aging. He was awarded the 2003 Springer Early Career Achievement Award in Adult Development and Aging Research, the 2011 M. Powell Lawton Distinguished Contribution Award for Applied Gerontology from the American Psychological Association (Division 20: Adult Development and Aging), the 2011 Dean's Award from the University of Minnesota School of Nursing, and the 2015 Gordon Streib Distinguished Academic Gerontologist Award from the Southern Gerontological Society. He is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and the American Psychological Association.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, School of Nursing and Center on Aging, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA

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