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The Effects Of Animal-Assisted Therapy In Older Adults With Dementia, Alison Waid Higgins Jan 2018

The Effects Of Animal-Assisted Therapy In Older Adults With Dementia, Alison Waid Higgins

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Exploring Non-Pharmacological Interventions For Behavioral Symptoms Of Dementia: A Social Work Perspective, Ashley Schoonover Jan 2018

Exploring Non-Pharmacological Interventions For Behavioral Symptoms Of Dementia: A Social Work Perspective, Ashley Schoonover

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Dementia is a progressive neurological brain disease that affects the quality of life of those diagnosed (Goldberg, 2017; Tjia et al., 2017). The diagnosis of dementia affects the patient and the caregiver in different ways: those diagnosed with dementia may have difficulty in thinking, memory and physical or psychological skills. Those diagnosed with dementia may experience behavior and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD). Behavioral symptoms can be heterogeneous and unpredictable, which can be difficult for caregivers to manage (Cerejeira et al., 2012). Social workers are able to connect families with in-home services and institutional care services if requested by the ...


Non-Pharmacological Interventions In Residents With Behavioral And Psychological Symptoms Of Dementia, Kelli Ray Jan 2018

Non-Pharmacological Interventions In Residents With Behavioral And Psychological Symptoms Of Dementia, Kelli Ray

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Changes in behavior are common in dementia and can be challenging to address. The purpose of this pilot study was to look at how effective non-pharmacological interventions are in decreasing associated behaviors among residents in a skilled nursing facility. Pharmacological interventions have been the primary method to decreasing these behaviors; however, these interventions may lead to faster disease progression. There is an increased awareness of the potential uses of non-pharmacological treatment for residents with dementia; however, there are challenges that go along with this approach. A set of interview questions was asked to four staff members of a nursing home ...


Identifying And Mitigating Caregiver Burnout: The Role Of Adult Day Social Workers, Annika Grafstrom Jan 2017

Identifying And Mitigating Caregiver Burnout: The Role Of Adult Day Social Workers, Annika Grafstrom

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This qualitative research study will explore the role of adult day social workers in identifying and mitigating caregiver burnout. To collect data for this study, eight semi-structured interviews with adult day social workers were completed to analyze their experience with caregivers, their role in recognizing burnout and their response to caregivers experiencing burnout. A grounded theory methodology approach will be used to analyze data. This method will use an open-coding process that will lead to selective coding, which will assist in identifying and validating themes and concepts from the participant’s responses to interview questions. The findings from this study ...


Benefits Of Adult Day Services For Dementia Caregivers: A Systematic Review, Jessie Sorvaag Marg Jan 2017

Benefits Of Adult Day Services For Dementia Caregivers: A Systematic Review, Jessie Sorvaag Marg

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Dementia is a growing problem in the world; not only for those with the disease, but also for their families, friends, and caregivers. Adult day services can provide much needed respite for caregivers of people with dementia. This systematic review was devised to answer the question: what are the benefits of and how effective is adult day services as a form of respite for caregivers of persons with dementia? Searches for peer reviewed articles in SocINDEX, Social Work Abstracts, PsycINFO, and PubMed were performed using the terms “adult day services” or “adult day care” or “adult day health care” AND ...


The Benefits Of Non-Pharmacological Interventions For Individuals With Dementia: A Systematic Review, Nicole Sintler Jan 2017

The Benefits Of Non-Pharmacological Interventions For Individuals With Dementia: A Systematic Review, Nicole Sintler

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Individuals with dementia experience many symptoms as the illness progress. Some of the common symptoms of dementia are memory loss, depression, anxiety, agitation, and aggression. Non-pharmacological interventions can help alleviate the common symptoms of dementia. Some of these interventions include therapies, relaxation techniques, and creative activities. This systematic review was designed to explore the research question: What are the benefits for non-pharmacological interventions for individuals with dementia? The systematic review used peer-reviewed articles that were published in the last eight years. The databases that were used in the review were PsychINFO, PubMed, and the search terms that were used were ...


Effects Of Mind And Body Interventions On Family Dementia Caregivers: A Systematic Review, Katherine C. Johnson Jan 2016

Effects Of Mind And Body Interventions On Family Dementia Caregivers: A Systematic Review, Katherine C. Johnson

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Family members caring for a loved one with dementia encounter a multitude of physical and psychological stressors. Current interventions address some of these concerns, but are not adequate to address the daily psychological stress that leads so many dementia caregivers to anxiety and depression. The current review selects empirical research from the past twelve years on the effects of mind and body interventions on family dementia caregivers and finds that, while intervention type varies widely, overall results suggest that MBSR and yoga-based methods implemented for eight weeks can have a beneficial impact on caregiver anxiety, depression, mood, stress, and quality ...


Quality Of Life For Patients With Dementia: A Systematic Review, Kate Ryg Jan 2016

Quality Of Life For Patients With Dementia: A Systematic Review, Kate Ryg

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There is an increase in the amount of people becoming diagnosed with dementia. With that increase, a concern has been created in regards to maintaining a person's quality of life and intervention strategies to properly maintain their quality of life. The systematic review was set up using peer-reviewed articles published after 2001. The database SocINDEX was used to conduct the search for articles using the terms; "dementia and intervention strategies," "dementia and non-pharmacological interventions," "caregiver support," "dementia and medications," and "dementia and behavioral interventions." Out of these searches, 32 articles satisfied criteria for inclusion and were used in the ...


Reducing The Amount Of Antipsychotic Medication Among Older Adults With Dementia In Skilled Nursing Facilities In The Twin Cities Area, Stehpanie D. Marshall Jan 2015

Reducing The Amount Of Antipsychotic Medication Among Older Adults With Dementia In Skilled Nursing Facilities In The Twin Cities Area, Stehpanie D. Marshall

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There are many stereotypes that older adults in nursing homes are "snowed" and not cared for properly by "burnt out" and "careless" nursing staff. The purpose of this project was to explore professionals in skilled nursing facilities attempting to meet the Minnesota Department of Health mandate to decrease the amount of antipsychotic medication usage among older adults with dementia. The research placed a focus on non-pharmacological interventions with an emphasis on music therapy. Using a qualitative design, six subjects were interviewed regarding their experiences, successes, challenges and non-pharmacological efforts that are being implemented in their facility. Data were analyzed using ...


The Support Group Experience Of Older Male Caregivers In Providing Care For A Relative With Dementia, Olivia T. Tise Jan 2015

The Support Group Experience Of Older Male Caregivers In Providing Care For A Relative With Dementia, Olivia T. Tise

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It is estimated that 40% of caregivers of individuals living with dementia are men (Alzheimer's Association, 2013). As the number of people diagnosed with dementia rises, older male caregivers will increasingly meet the demand for care. Men over the age of 65 may be an especially vulnerable group of caregivers. Support groups are one of the most widely used and popular interventions with family caregivers (Hornillos & Crespo, 2012). However, few studies have examined the support group experience of older male caregivers in providing care for a relative with dementia. This qualitative study explored the caregiving experiences of older male ...


Caregiver Support Within The Dementia Context: Best Practices In Responding To Ambiguous Loss, Michel Rousseau Jan 2014

Caregiver Support Within The Dementia Context: Best Practices In Responding To Ambiguous Loss, Michel Rousseau

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The purpose of this study was to use the concept of ambiguous loss as a lens to explore common challenges that family caregivers experience when caring for a loved one with dementia. This study attempted to collect qualitative data from licensed social workers who have experience working with family members and their diagnosed loved ones. Key findings made in this study include the different forms in which ambiguous loss may cause distress on behalf of caregivers: A physical presence yet psychological absence (an example of boundary ambiguity) on behalf of the diagnosed individual, the loss of future potential on behalf ...


Comparison Of Caregiver Burden Among Types And Stages Of Dementia, Jeanette Foizie Jan 2012

Comparison Of Caregiver Burden Among Types And Stages Of Dementia, Jeanette Foizie

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The purpose of this study was to better understand the effects of caregiver burden as they relate to different dementia diagnoses and the stage of the disease in order to discover appropriate supports and interventions. Potential participants were identified through their use of a specialty memory loss clinic. Using a mixed methodology, respondents completed a survey which included a quantitative measure and qualitative open ended response questions designed to allow the caregiver to expand on their experience. The quantitative portion of this research used the Zarit Burden Interview (ZBI), a caregiver self-report measure. Diagnosis information and the patient’s Allen ...


The Experiences Of Caregivers Caring For Loved Ones With Dementia, Molly E. Wassman Jan 2012

The Experiences Of Caregivers Caring For Loved Ones With Dementia, Molly E. Wassman

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The Alzheimer’s Association indicates there are almost 15 million caregivers providing care to those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia (2011). Oftentimes family members willingly assume the role of caregiver for their loved ones as dementia progresses and cognitive abilities begin to fail. As a result, this qualitative research sought to explore the experiences of caregivers caring for a loved one with dementia. Seven participants were asked open-ended questions designed to elicit responses that explained their experiences caring for a loved one with dementia. The research participants were the primary caregivers for their loved ones for whom they ...