Family caregivers are relied on by health care systems, yet, at the same time, neglected. They provide the bulk of care given to the more than 5 million persons with Alzheimer disease in the United States. They are expected to take on increasing amounts of complex care in the home, a task that requires entire health care teams in institutional settings. Their work keeps people out of nursing homes, while providing high-quality care at minimal cost to public and private health care systems. In return, their efforts and their well-being too often go ignored.
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