dementia; geriatrics; aged; adult children; parent-child relations; caregivers; activities of daily living; housing for the elderly


Arts and Humanities | Geriatrics | Medical Humanities


According to the Alzheimer’s Association, in the United States more than 16 million adult family members provide care for a relative with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia. The economic value contributed by unpaid caregivers is $234 billion dollars. Such caregivers are vital to the ability of the U.S. to meet caretaking needs, as the projected number of individuals suffering from dementia will nearly triple over the next 30 years. A meta-analysis found that decisions to provide family caretaking are rooted in long-standing family relationships. This essay explores one family’s decision to move from long-term institutional care back to family-based care in the home setting.


Greenwood N, Smith R. Motivations for being informal carers of people living with dementia: a systematic review of qualitative literature. BMC Geriatr. 2019;19(1):169. Published 2019 Jun 17. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12877-019-1185-0