June 8, 2011

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Dr. Dale Lund discusses practice and policy suggestions that might enhance caregivers’ use of respite time and discusses how to measure outcomes related to respite time-use.

In 2009, Dr. Dale Lund presented at the National Respite Conference in California on respite time-use suggesting that family caregivers’ use of respite time was a determining factor in the extent to which the family caregiver benefits from the respite received.  While Dr. Lund has been researching the benefits of respite for many years, his recent study published in the Journal of Applied Gerontology (February 28, 2011) found that employed caregivers were generally more satisfied with respite time-use than nonemployed caregivers.


Dr. Dale Lund
Professor & Chair
Department of Sociology
Center for the Promotion of Health Disparities Research & Training
California State University San Bernardino

Dr. Lund has been conducting national and local studies on family caregiving since 1983. These studies identified the most common and difficult problems and satisfactions caregivers experience, their use of services, and the potential of respite to be able to continue many of their lifelong interests. His caregiving research has been funded by the Administration on Aging, Bureau of Health Professions, National Center for Nursing Research, and the National Alzheimer’s Association. He has published over 100 journal articles and book chapters and is the editor of two books. Dr. Lund is also a coauthor of the very thoughtful guidebook (2010) for Family Caregivers, Time for Living and Caring: Making Respite Services Work for You! 



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