Caring for the Family Caregiver
It’s estimated that nearly 1 in 5 Americans served as family caregivers in 2020, including more than 3 million family caregivers of patients with cancer. While caregiving can be rewarding, it also can affect a caregiver’s own physical and mental health. Thus, multifaceted approaches are needed to address gaps in how healthcare systems prepare and support family caregivers for their role.
In this Simon Says series, Catherine Mosher, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology at the IUPUI School of Science, and Kristin Levoy, Ph.D., MSN, assistant professor of nursing at IU School of Nursing, discuss ongoing research efforts at the IU Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center that are geared toward enhancing support for family caregivers. Shelley Johns, Psy.D., associate professor of medicine at IU School of Medicine, moderates.