Dolores Gallagher Thompson

Community and International Work Details

  • Project Title:  Caring for the Caregiver in Japan & China
  • Topic/emphasis:  Skill training for Japanese & Chinese family caregivers
  • Partnering Organization(s):  International Alzheimer's Assn.
  • Populations Served:  Japanese & Chinese family members caring at home for frail elderly relatives
  • Location:  International
  • Specific Location:  Tokyo, Beijing
  • This an ongoing project:  Yes
  • There are opportunities for student involvement in work:  Yes
  • Description:  The goal of this work, which has recently begun, is to extend previously successful research in the US with dementia family caregivers to family caregivers in Japan & China. Both countries are experiencing growth of the older population, changes in social values about caring for elders, and distress on the part of middle aged adult children who are expected to provide in-home care, based on such cultural values as "filial piety," but who find themselves overly stressed by role conflicts inherent in this situation. Both countries are aware of their relative lack of information about dementia family caregiving, in particular, and how to reduce caregivers' distress sufficiently so that families will continue to care for their elders at home. Along with colleagues, consultation is being provided, with the expectation that in the future there will be opportunities for on-site training and possibly, cross-cultural research studies.

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