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1st Edition

Caregiving-Leisure and Aging

ISBN 9780789007995
Published March 22, 2000 by Routledge
120 Pages

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Book Description

Create programs that make good use of the leisure time of the elderly, and of those who care for them!

Caregiving is a vital issue in today's rapidly aging society. Each year, a greater number of elderly people find themselves in need of care, and at the same time, more elderly adults than ever are finding themselves in the caregiving role.

Caregiving--Leisure and Aging blends the work of six experts in the field, exploring implications for future practice and research, examining caregivers and care receivers and their need for appropriate leisure and recreation activities, and sharing innovative recreation programs to help caregivers and those in their care enrich the quality of their lives.

Here you'll find:

  • a review of literature which examines caregivers’health behaviors and discusses sleep improvement, home-based exercise, and several interventions
  • the common factors found in successful leisure and activities programs for older adults and those who care for them
  • in-depth case studies of three women who cared for their older husbands with dementia and the rationale behind their sacrifice of personal leisure time to provide this care
  • a survey of rural and urban caregivers to individuals with Alzheimer's disease
  • specific leisure education strategies that have been used successfully in caregiver support groups
  • an examination of the innovative Family-based Structural Multisystem In-home Interventions (FSMII) with a Computer Telephone Integration System (CTIS) project

    Caregiving--Leisure and Aging provides information and ideas regarding the importance of leisure both to those elderly people receiving care and also to the aging adults who selflessly deliver that care.

Table of Contents


  • Preface
  • Caregiver Health Behavior: Review, Analysis, and Recommendations for Research
  • Recreation Programs for Caregivers of Older Adults: A Review and Analysis of Literature from 1990 to 1998
  • Family Obligation, Caregiving, and Loss of Leisure: The Experiences of Three Caregivers
  • Rural vs. Urban Caregivers of Older Adults with Probable Alzheimer's Disease: Perceptions Regarding Daily Living and Recreation Needs
  • Leisure Education with Caregiver Support Groups
  • Innovative Family and Technological Interventions for Encouraging Leisure Activities in Caregivers of Persons with Alzheimer's Disease
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included

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M Jean Keller is Dean of the College of Education and Professor of Recreation and Leisure Studies at the University of North Tesas. She has written or edited ten books and ten refereed chapters and authoredover one Hundred articles on therapeutic recreation and gerontological topics. In addi— ion, slit has given 300 presentations in the United States and several countries. She is the recipient of national, regional, and statewide awards including the Distinguished Professional Award presented by the National Therapeutic Recreation Society. She has served on th Board of Directors for the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification: as Program Coordinator for lie Gerontological Society of America: and as Chair of the Therapeutic Recreation Svmpc6ium for the Southwest. She has been awarded over $2 million by external entities for research and innotative projects.