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Aging in Place: Interprofessional Approaches to Empower Informal Caregivers

      Highlights

      • Aging in place allows people to live in their homes and get older.
      • Informal caregivers help people aging in place to meet their complex needs.
      • Person- and family-centered care facilitates caring for the caregiver, the invisible workforce.
      • Nurse practitioners lead the interprofessional team approach to caregiver empowerment.
      • Any health care encounter is an opportunity to identify caregiver distress and promote resilience.

      Abstract

      “Aging in place” allows people to continue living in the familiar places where they spent their young adult life. Aging individuals choose to age in place with support from their families and the community. Informal caregivers play a significant role in aging in place. Caregiving is a complex task with physical, emotional, and economic implications for the caregiver. Adequate preparation and support reduce caregivers’ physical and emotional strain. Caregiver empowerment involves teamwork. Nurse practitioners can lead the interprofessional approach to empower caregivers, prevent caregiver burnout, and promote resilience.

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      Biography

      Letha Mullamkuzhy Joseph, DNP, AGPCNP-BC, is a nurse practitioner in the Community Living Center and the Program Director for the Geriatric and Extended Care NP residency at the Durham VA Healthcare System and a consulting associate at Duke University School of Nursing in Durham, NC and can be contacted at [email protected] .