This study examines the health consequences of being a caretaker of someone with Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the most common type of dementia and is a significant public health problem that will intensify as the population ages. Caring for an individual with Alzheimer’s disease is more stressful than caring for a person with a physical disability; they need increased levels of supervision and personal care as the disease progress. The majority of care is provided at home by family caregivers. Caregivers often help people with Alzheimer’s to manage various issues from activities of daily living to financial management and medical care. These changes are often the most challenging and overwhelming for family caregivers which further results in increased new or exacerbated health problems which might be related to depression; and depleted income and finances due, in part, to disruptions in employment, and paying for health care or other services for themselves and care recipients.

Data for this study were collected through an electronic databases: Academic Search Premier, Ageline, ProQuest, Psych INFO, CINHAL, and Google scholar. Included in this alternate plan paper is a brief overview of the epidemiology of Alzheimer’s disease, tasks of family caregivers in managing the daily issues of Alzheimer’s patient, health effects on family caregivers, a presentation of fifteen scholarly studies focusing on impacts of depression on health of family caregivers as well as discussion and conclusion of the finding. The conclusion drawn from the current study may help healthcare providers to develop better interventions for family caregivers in order to improve their health by reducing the impacts of depression.


Donald Ebel

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Jeffrey Buchanan

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Judith Luebke

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Master of Science (MS)


Social and Behavioral Sciences

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