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Supporting Millennials Providing Care for an Older Adult

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The unique experience of the millennial family caregiver is a dynamic and complex occurrence. The millennial caregiver provides critical support for an older adult with acute, chronic, or terminal illness while navigating the developmental stages of young adulthood. Caregiving for the millennial comes at a time in their development when they are typically focused on establishing their independence and unique identity. The level of commitment related to millennial caregiving may be a barrier to starting a career, living on one’s own, buying a house, or starting a family. The situation of caregiving for millennials is usually unexpected, and the emotional impact of role change and loss may further alter the course of setting a trajectory for the future.

This teaching strategy focuses on developing conceptual awareness of the multiple challenges facing the millennial caregiver. This awareness will prepare the student to identify and support the educational, emotional, and resource needs for the millennial caregiver of an older adult with acute, chronic, or terminal illness.

Supporting Millennials Providing Care for an Older Adult

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