Caregiver Burden



Duration: 30 minutes
Format: Video Stream & pdfs

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An estimated 21% of U.S. households are impacted by caregiving responsibilities for older adults. Participate in this module to learn to identify risk factors associated with caregiver burden, how to utilize assessment instruments for identifying burden, and how best to employ resources to assist caregivers to develop coping skills to reduce burden. This module will enable you to support caregivers to become more confident and proficient in their caregiving capabilities, and reduce their strain and avoid burnout.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this module, learners will be able to:

  1. List common mental and physical health problems caregivers may experience related to caring for the older adult
  2. Identify the risk factors associated with caregiver burden
  3. Discuss assessment instruments for identifying caregiver burden
  4. Employ resources and assist caregivers to develop coping skills to reduce the stress associated with caregiving

Robert Rada, DDS, MBA

Clinical Professor
Department of Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences
College of Dentistry
University of Illinois at Chicago
Private Practice, LaGrange, Illinois

Susan Altfeld, PhD, MA (SW)
Clinical Assistant Professor
Community Health Sciences
Center for Research on Health and Aging
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
School of Public Health
Co-Investigator, ENGAGE-IL
University of Illinois at Chicago

Author Bios:
Dr. Robert Rada received his DDS in 1985, from the University of Illinois – Chicago. He then completed a general practice residency at Loyola University. He currently is a clinical professor in the Department of Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences at the University of Illinois College of Dentistry and teaches in the undergraduate group practice clinics. He has been course director for the geriatric dentistry lecture series and a content expert for the geriatrics small group learning module. Dr. Rada maintains a private practice in LaGrange, Illinois focusing on care for patients of all ages with special needs and hospital dentistry.

Dr. Susan Altfeld has been on the faculty of the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health since 2005 where she is currently the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.  She received her master’s degree in social work from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration and a Ph.D. in Public Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago.  Dr. Altfeld has worked in both health care and social work settings as a clinician, instructor, consultant and researcher.  Her research interests include family caregiving throughout the life cycle, transitional care and evaluation of community-based interventions.

Valerie Gruss PhD, APN, CNP-BC, FAAN

Clinical Assistant Professor
College of Nursing
Director, ENGAGE-IL
University of Illinois at Chicago

Memoona Hasnain MD, MHPE, PhD
Professor and Associate Department Head, Faculty Development & Research
College of Medicine,
Department of Family Medicine
Co-Director, ENGAGE-IL
University of Illinois at Chicago

Expert Interviewees:
Louise Starmann LCSW

Director of Social Service at Aging Care Connections, 1986 – 2016
Esther Santana, Caregiver, PhD
Associate Professor
World Languages and Cultures
College of Arts and Sciences
Northeastern Illinois University

Expert Bio:
Louise Starmann completed her Master of Social Work degree at Jane Addams College of Social Work. She served as Social Service Director at Aging Care Connections for 16 years and previously supervised elder abuse and case management programs.  She has worked in the field of aging for 25 years providing community based assessments, elder abuse investigation and case work, information and referral, and family resources to caregivers of older adults before assuming the role of Director of Social Service.
Currently, Ms. Starmann is serving on the State of Illinois Older Adult Services committee and is an Adjunct Professor at Jane Addams College of Social Work teaching Social Work and Aging. Louise is working as a consultant to aging service providers in the development of strategic initiatives related to aging services and has a private practice consulting with older adults and families on long term care options

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