By Christopher Lukas

Christopher (Kit) Lukas’s mom dedicated suicide while he used to be a boy. He and his brother, Tony, weren't instructed how she died. nobody said the family’s heritage of melancholy and bipolar illness. The brothers grew as much as in attaining notable luck; Tony as a proficient journalist (and writer of the vintage e-book, universal Ground), package as an complete tv manufacturer and director. After pain bouts of melancholy, package used to be capable of confront his family’s afflicted earlier, yet Tony by no means appeared to locate the contentment equipment had attained–he killed himself in 1997. Written with heartrending honesty, Blue Genes captures the devastation of this family members legacy of melancholy and information the energy and wish that could supply a fashion of escaping its grab.

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Another related theoretical framework is found in crisis theory. Because systems tend to freeze into stable patterns of interaction, any situational change may represent a potential crisis, requiring restructuring of all family interaction patterns. Such crises create severe stress on family members as they react to the disequilibrium created by the life event. Because stress is a threat to the ongoing functioning of the system, members mobilize energy to establish a new equilibrium as quickly as possible.

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However, the relationship between co-residence and lower use of selected dementia services has also been reported (Gill, Hinrichsen, & DiGiuseppe, 1998). Proximity to the care recipient is less of an issue in the provision of short-term or "crisis" care. Himes, Jordan, and Farkas (1996) have reported no difference in amount of care by those living with or very near the care recipient and by those caregivers more distant when the care was for a time-limited period. This is less relevant for primary caregivers in the care of elders with dementia, underscoring the importance of proximity or coresidence in the provision of care.

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