This module contains the following five sections:

(1) Summary of Content

(2) PowerpointFamily Caregiving for Older Adults: Caregiver Support Needed 

(3) Expert Interview (Podcast)  “A Discussion about Caregiving” Caregiving 3

(4) Case Studies and Discussion Questions

(5) Additional Resources  Instructor Notes, Presentation Handouts and References





Caregiving Diverse

Although many older adults maintain their independence, some older adults, especially those with chronic conditions may need assistance from others.  Often family members or friends may assume the role of caregivers for older adults.  The use of the term “caregiving” implies a wide range of activities.  Some caregivers provide minimal assistance such as transportation, shopping, or helping with finances or medications, while others may be providing even more assistance such as physical care such as bathing feeding, and have full responsibility for giving medications and other treatments.


 This module includes a discussion regarding the common issues faced by all older adults and their caregivers (ie. living arrangements, driving, and planning for end of life decisions.  There is also content about evidence-based programs that are being used to help caregivers of older adults with dementia.








Laura BauerGuest Speaker Biography:

Laura J. Bauer, MPA is the Director of National Initiatives at Rosalynn Carter Institute (RCI) for Caregiving. She is a co-author of the Institute’s signature training program, Caring for You, Caring for Me – Education and Support for Family and Professional Caregivers, 2nd Edition.



Podcast Topic and Location:

“A Discussion about Caregiving”  


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In this podcast, Ms. Bauer discusses the challenges family caregivers face, evidence based programs to support family caregivers, and the role of the Rosalynn Carter (RCI) for Caregiving. 

Podcast can be located within the powerpoint (above) – Slide #22 or by clicking this weblink:










diverse handsInstructor Notes –  Instructor Notes – Family Caregiving for Older Adults

Presentation Handouts  – Handouts – Family Caregiving for Older Adults

References – References – Family Caregiving for Older Adults

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