Elise Eifert, Assistant Professor at Florida Atlantic University and soon to receive her PhD at UNCG, presented Emerging Trends in Family Caregiving Using the Life Course Perspective for the UNCG Gerontology Research, Outreach, and Teaching Hub (GRoTH) meeting on November 11, 2014.
Because knowledge of baby boomer caregivers is limited and fragmented,
Eifert performed an extensive literature review to examine the generational
impact of baby boomers on family caregiving using the life course
perspective. While compiling an extensive bibliography on the topic of family
caregiving trends, Eifert shares her primary findings:
- Boomer caregivers will have more options and choices thanks to new technologies
- Boomers will be at risk for poverty and outliving resources especially if they are caregivers or face a health crisis
- Caregiving will be a more complicated and precarious experience than ever before which could create an increase in caregiver stress & burden
- Increases in state and federal policies are needed to support family caregivers as well as increasing our awareness of care-related values, beliefs, care practices, and employed caregiver needs.