A novel two-day intervention reduces stress in caregivers of persons with dementia

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Introduction: Caregivers of individuals with dementia are at heightened risk for stress-related mental and physical illnesses, and this problem is growing. There is a critical need to develop effective interventions for caregivers. This study tested whether a 2-day intervention improved psychological health in caregivers of individuals with dementia. Methods: Family caregivers (N = 104) were randomly assigned to a 2-day intervention or wait-list control group. The intervention uses techniques aimed at fostering self-care for caregivers and improving communication between caregivers and individuals with dementia. Self-reported caregiver burden, stress, anxiety, and depression were measured at 1, 3, and 6 months after intervention. Results: Most participants (91.5%) completed the entire study. The intervention significantly reduced perceived stress for up to 6 months (Β = -2.84, t = -2.68, P =.008) and was considered by nearly all respondents to be helpful for managing challenging behaviors. Discussion: A low-cost, brief intervention shows promise for producing lasting improvements in caregiver's psychological health.




Spalding-Wilson, K. N., Guzmán-Vélez, E., Angelica, J., Wiggs, K., Savransky, A., & Tranel, D. (2018). A novel two-day intervention reduces stress in caregivers of persons with dementia. Alzheimer’s and Dementia: Translational Research and Clinical Interventions, 4, 450–460. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.trci.2018.08.004

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