Inaugural Pitt report finds spousal caregivers with disabilities face poverty, health issues – identifies gaps for policy support
An inaugural white paper from our Center found that spousal caregivers with disabilities face a litany of complications while trying to tend to aging or ailing spouses and partners: health problems, mental health difficulties, work issues, even financial and healthcare strains.
Congratulations to Dr. Beth Fields, who received the American Occupational Therapy Foundation Early-Career Research Excellence Award. This award recognizes and supports investigators who are contributing and have promise to advance knowledge in the field of occupational therapy. We're so proud to have her and her work as part of our center!
A recent Health Affairs blog post from Everette James and Meredith Hughes discusses the need to make spousal impoverishment protections for Medicaid permanent. Spousal impoverishment protections help keep a spouse from having to spend down and impoverish themselves in order for the other spouse to qualify for long-term services and supports.
Congratulations to NCFS researcher Dr. Richard Schulz, who was recently named a World Expert in caregivers by Expertscape. According to their PubMed based algorithm, Dr. Schulz was placed in the top 0.1% of scholars writing about caregivers in the last 10 years. We're honored to have him on our team!
Recording Available for Webinar on Social Isolation and Loneliness Among Caregivers During the COVID-19 Pandemic
NCFS co-directors Dr. Scott Beach and Dr. Heidi Donovan recently presented a webinar on social isolation and loneliness among caregivers during the pandemic in conjunction with the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research. You can view a recording of the webinar, and view the full, four part series on social isolation and loneliness that the webinar was part of.
This study, in the October 2021 Special Issue of Annals of Behavioral Medicine, examines supporters' own diabetes distress and how that is associated with self-management and outcomes for the person with diabetes. The study finds that while people with disabilities with high levels of distress report receiving assistance from their supporters with specifically medical tasks, they did not report receiving assistance with healthy lifestyle behaviors.
NCFS researchers talked with The Keystone to share their thoughts on the current status and future of caregiving.