Access to health care resources for family caregivers of elderly persons with dementia

Lisa Kelley, University of Iowa
Kathleen Buckwalter, University of Iowa
Meridean Maas, University of Iowa


Concerns about the "elder care crisis" and changes in the provision of health care are fostering expectations that families should be responsible for taking care of their elderly members. The assumptions that families (1) are not providing enough care, (2) know how to provide care, and (3) have access to resources for the provision of care are embedded in the social expectation of family care for elderly persons with dementia. However, research shows that these assumptions are not based on fact.