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  1. Onega, Lisa L. PhD, APRN, BC, GNP, CNS


The Modified Caregiver Strain Index can be given to family members caring for disabled older adults. It helps to determine their level of strain-a combination of stress and burden that has consequences on caregivers' overall health. The index assesses 13 aspects of physical health, family finances, social interactions, time demands, and employment. By pinpointing the sources and degree of strain, the index can guide in the selection of interventions that might be used to alleviate caregivers' strain and improve the lives of caregivers and care recipients. To watch a free video demonstrating the use of the index, go to