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Topic – Aging – The High Cost of Caregiving The article here is emphasizing on the importance of care giving to people who are aging. The article claims that providing care to aged people suffering from illness like dementia is exhausting. According to the article, the psychological research has helped care givers in understanding the importance of quality care giving to the aged. The article reveals that aged people with Alzheimer’s are 80% taken care by informal care givers at home. The informal caregivers are people at home, who are aged and adults. Both these groups are busy in their own world and give inferior care to aged people. Moreover, the rise in dementia among aged people has provoked the psychologist and doctors to research on the subject.
The research revealed that care givers had 23 % higher level of stress hormones and 15% lower level of anti – bodies’ response than non –givers. Further, the study revealed that one in ten informal care givers had risky health condition and this is not apt for care giving status. Generally the informal care givers are women and they are highly vulnerable to stress and negative health condition.Accordin to(Wagner&amp. Takagi,2010) “Although women continue to dominate the caregiving population, there has been an increase in male caregivers in the past two decades”.Moreover , there is solid insight for psychologist and doctors about the care giver’s negative impact of health. With the findings in research, the health policy makers and health care system acknowledges the significance of informal care givers in care giving to old aged population of the country. Besides this ,the study helped in understanding the health risk posed on both formal and informal care givers of the country .
Wagner, D., &amp. Takagi, E. (2010, February 16). Informal care giving by and for older people. In Retrieved June 21, 2012, from blog/ 2010/ 02/16/informal-caregiving-by-and-for-older-adults/