Family Caregiving Research

The Center on Aging and Health supports numerous research projects on family caregiving.  Depending on how caregiving is defined, there are somewhere between 18 million and 41 million Americans who provide regular, ongoing care for the health needs of an older adult family member or friend.  There is a great deal of evidence that providing care can be stressful or burdensome for many caregivers, yet the large majority of caregivers report positive effects and benefits from their caregiving experiences as well.

Researchers at Johns Hopkins continue to study the full range of caregiver experiences and outcomes.  This includes descriptive epidemiological studies of the health effects of caregiving stress as well as possible health benefits from the positive aspects of caring for others.  We also partner with many other investigators to scientifically examine the effects of treatment programs, interventions, and other services for family caregivers.

With the growth of the older adult population and the increasing emphasis on community-based care for older adults, understanding the factors that affect the health and well-being of family caregivers is more important than ever.  Examples of publications that have resulted from our research on family caregiving include: