How to Best Support Caregivers of Those with Neurocognitive Disorder: Preferred Modalities of Psychotherapy
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Caregivers of those with neurocognitive disorder (NCD) are currently not receiving clinical therapeutic counselling, to support their mental health needs. The current research shows that Canada’s public health care system is ill equipped to address the health care needs of our aging population which does not touch on the needs of caregivers including clinical therapeutic counselling which would support their mental and physical health. This problem will only increase as our aging population grows significantly as it is predicted to do. A review of existing literature that demonstrates what the risks are for caregivers of those with NCD and what supports them during a life space wrought with physical and emotional stress is documented in this paper. The critical review of existing literature determined that neurocognitive disorder significantly affects caregivers and family members with overwhelming feelings of frustration, loneliness, sadness and anxiety which is exasperated by a lack of psychological care, guidance and support (Guedes do Nascimento & Basos Figueiredo, 2019). Caregivers are at heightened risk to their physical and emotional health during a disease progression that last decades. This paper concludes with a proposed program that will provide clinical therapeutic counselling for caregivers and families of those with NCD. Lastly, the need for advocacy for such services to be legislated as a minimal service of care and funded through public funds is discussed.