International Journal Of Occupational Health and Public Health Nursing

Burden of Family Caregivers of Patients with Dementia: Profile of Men Caregivers

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    The purpose of this study was to measure the burden on family carers of older people with dementia in the community and also capture the characteristics of male caregivers. The envisaged population consisted of 102 Greek family caregivers of patients with dementia in a city in Peloponnese, Greece. Data collection was performed by measuring burden scale "The Zarit Burden Interview", which was supplemented by demographics. The results showed that men constituted the minority of caregivers at a rate of 22.5%. The mean age of all caregivers were 60.6 years and they had provided care for an average of 5.4 years. The results showed that 57.8% of all carers had high burden and 33.3%, had moderate to severe, with men suffer less. The gender was the most significant factor predicting the degree of burden. As indicated by this study, caregivers people suffering dementia, experiencing high burden in a large proportion for a small provincial town. Men caregivers, for various reasons still “hold stocks” and affected much less from the burden of care.