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Educational programs for family caregivers of persons with dementia are quite popular, but vary in content and evaluation strategies. This article describes the development and content of the award winning How To Cope classes offered by the St. Louis Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. Two...
This study examines factors associated with decisions made by dementia patients and their caregivers regarding whether the patient should cease driving, live alone or with their spouse, and assign a Durable Power of Attorney. Using data collected by the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center (ADRC)...
Using a sample of new dementia admissions who entered selected nursing facilities December 1992 through June 1994, this paper compares special care dementia units (SCUs) to non-specialized (traditional) nursing home care in their effectiveness in reducing physically aggressive behaviors within...
A number of studies suggest that spousal caregivers of persons with Alzheimer's disease (AD) have high rates of depressive disorders. Support groups were one of the earliest interventions to help these caregivers, but were found to be unsatisfactory with regard to addressing the affective needs...
This article reports the results of a series of focus groups conducted about males who provide care to females with Alzheimer's disease (AD). Male caregiver's coping skills, unique needs, role development, task provision, utilization of services, and potential service gaps were explored. These...
Certain psychosocial factors such as marriage and involvement with support groups can influence longevity by unknown cellular mechanisms. To determine whether social factors impact upon the phenotypic expression of neurodegenerative disorders, we organized a standardized database on 43 patients...
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