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Easing Strain for Alzheimer's Caregivers

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Tuesday, 18 June 2019 12:03 PM Current | Bio | Archive

In the 2015 film “Still Alice,” Julianne Moore plays a beautiful and successful woman who's diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease.

The film tracks her journey with compassion and honesty, and provides a startling picture of the often-overlooked toll that dementia takes on family caregivers.

There are approximately 16 million caregivers in the United States who are responsible for the well-being of a friend or relative with dementia. And the role is so taxing that they have increased risk for depression, anxiety, and suicide.

Astonishingly and importantly, 40% of primary caregivers die before the person for whom they're caring.

Jamie Tyron and Dr. Marwan Sabbagh write in “Fighting for My Life: How to Thrive in the Shadow of Alzheimer's,” “You cannot underestimate how stressful it is being a caregiver, and how it can negatively impact your own health.”

Fortunately, there are ways to ease the strain, stay alive, and even thrive.

A new study published in the journal Health Psychology shows that there are effective ways to ease caregiver burnout. Over six weeks, the researchers had people focus on positive emotions by:

1. Recognizing a positive event each day

2. Keeping a gratitude journal

3. Practicing mindful meditation and controlled breathing for 10 minutes daily

Participants demonstrated a 7% reduction in depression and a 9% reduction in anxiety compared with caregivers who were not in the program.

© King Features Syndicate

   
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