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Stress Relief For Dementia Caregivers Who Use Adult Day Services
2013-05-24 05:01:57

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online When adult day services (ADS) are provided to older dementia patients, the relatives that typically care for those individuals are less stressed and generally in better moods, according to a new report published Thursday in the journal The Gerontologist. As part of the study, Penn State University (PSU) researchers conducted eight daily telephone interviews on consecutive days with 173 family caregivers of dementia patients who...

2011-08-01 16:06:00

Caregivers and their relatives who suffer from mild to moderate dementia often have different perceptions regarding the amount and quality of care given and received. A study by researchers at Penn State and the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging examined a major source of those differences -- caregivers do not understand the things that are important to their relatives with dementia. "Family caregivers often become the surrogate decision makers of relatives who have dementia, so the two groups...

2011-07-18 15:06:19

Adult day care services significantly reduce the stress levels of family caregivers of older adults with dementia, according to a team of Penn State and Virginia Tech researchers. "Family members who care for dementia patients are susceptible to experiencing high levels of stress," said Steven Zarit, professor and head, department of human development and family studies, Penn State. "One way of alleviating that stress is through the use of an adult day care center, which allows them a...

2008-08-20 09:01:29

By John Leland Mildred and John Fischer thought their retirement years would be a time for traveling and visiting their grandchildren. Then last September, just as John Fischer was retiring from the post office, Mildred Fischer's mother, who has Alzheimer's disease, came to live with them. While friends and neighbors enjoyed carefree time, Mildred Fischer said she felt that her world was closing in on her. She could sense her heart palpitating from the constant stress. It got so bad one...

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