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Powerful Tools for Caregivers: Improving Self-Care and Self-Efficacy of Family Caregivers

Kuhn, Daniel MSW; Fulton, Bradley R. MA; Edelman, Perry PhD

Department: Caregiving Challenges

Director of Education at Mather Institute on Aging, Mather LifeWays, Evanston, Illinois. (Kuhn)

Senior Research Associate at Mather Institute on Aging, Mather LifeWays, Evanston, Illinois. (Fulton)

Director of Dementia Research at Mather Institute on Aging, Mather LifeWays, Evanston, Illinois. (Edelman)

This research was supported by funds from the National Family Caregiver Support Program, Administration on Aging (AoA), US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) under grant number 90CG2546. The content and conclusions are those of the authors and should not be construed as the official position or policy of the AoA, DHHS, or the US Government. This research was also supported in part by The Community Memorial Foundation and Mather LifeWays. The authors recognize the contributions of colleagues Nicole Batsch, Joni Gatz-Bauman, Linda Hollinger-Smith, Brenda Jannuzio, Bill Keane, Scott King, Kathy Laurenhue, David Lindeman, Kim Pavlock, Karen Remke, and Susan Rothas for this project's successes and express thanks to the staff of Legacy Caregiver Services and Vicki Schmall for their pioneering work in developing Powerful Tools for Caregivers. We are also grateful to the program's 130 Class Leaders and their respective organizations for their commitment to improving the lives of family caregivers in northeastern Illinois.

Address correspondence to: Daniel Kuhn, MSW, Mather Institute on Aging, Mather LifeWays, 1603 Orrington Ave, Suite 1800, Evanston, IL 60201. E-mail:

This column is a forum for readers to share responses and insights to challenges in dementia care. Readers are invited to contact the editor of Alzheimer's Care Quarterly at 571 Faulkenham Road, Kings County, RR#3 Springfield, Nova Scotia, Canada, B0R 1H0 (e-mail: with questions and concerns that have arisen in their practice with persons with dementia and their caregivers. Responses from the editor or other experts in the field will be printed in future columns. Insights and experiences in response to the questions raised are most welcome.

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