Effects of Caregiving

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Adelyn Smith
Gary Dick


By Adelyn Smith, Social Work

Advisor: Gary Dick

Presentation ID: 300

Abstract: Upon time spent as a hospice social work intern, one of the most prominent questions I found myself asking after leaving the rooms of patients was "why do the caregivers care so much?". While many may never experience the power of such sacrificial care, there are over 34.2 million caregivers in the United States. Moreover, this is a unique time for caregivers; people are living longer with more chronic illnesses, adding to caregiver stress. COVID-19 has added new implications to what it means to be a caregiver. From this I have formed my research question for my qualitative study: What are the historical, philosophical, emotional, and physical aspects of caregiving, and how do they affect the care they provide?

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Category: Health and Well-Being