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Whitlatch, Carol – Journal of Social Work Education, 2008
It is estimated that 13 million to 15 million adults in the United States have chronic conditions that impair cognitive function, such as Alzheimer's disease, stroke, Parkinson's disease, and traumatic brain injury. The growing number of people with chronic conditions that include cognitive impairment and the family members who assist them face…
Descriptors: Identification, Intervention, Chronic Illness, Interpersonal Relationship
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McGinnis, Kathleen A.; Schulz, Richard; Stone, Roslyn A.; Klinger, Julie; Mercurio, Rocco – Gerontologist, 2006
Purpose: We assess the effects of racial or ethnic concordance between caregivers and interventionists on caregiver attrition, change in depression, and change in burden in a multisite randomized clinical trial. Design and Methods: Family caregivers of patients with Alzheimer's disease were randomized to intervention or control groups at six sites…
Descriptors: African Americans, Patients, Caregiver Attitudes, Racial Relations
Texas Consortium of Geriatric Education Centers, Houston. – 1993
The goal of the faculty development program that formed the basis of this project was to provide more social workers trained in working effectively with the elderly. Demographics indicate that the number of elderly, including frail elderly, will increase, and the need for social workers in this area already exceeds the available supply. Objectives…
Descriptors: Depression (Psychology), Faculty Development, Frail Elderly, Gerontology
Birren, James E.; And Others – 1981
This Technical Committee Report provides an overview and historical sketch of research in aging and proposes a need for new knowledge. An examination of key issues notes the difficulty in assigning priority to research topics, and identifies emerging issues of public concern including: (1) physical health (alcohol and drugs, falls and accidents,…
Descriptors: Aging (Individuals), Behavioral Science Research, Health Needs, Housing
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Mantry, D.; Cooper, S. -A.; Smiley, E.; Morrison, J.; Allan, L.; Williamson, A.; Finlayson, J.; Jackson, A. – Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 2008
Background: While there is considerable literature on adults with Down syndrome who have dementia, there is little published on the epidemiology of other types of mental ill-health in this population. Method: Longitudinal cohort study of adults with Down syndrome who received detailed psychiatric assessment (n = 186 at the first time point; n =…
Descriptors: Health Needs, Incidence, Mental Retardation, Dementia
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Haley, William E.; Bergman, Elizabeth J.; Roth, David L.; McVie, Theresa; Gaugler, Joseph E.; Mittelman, Mary S. – Gerontologist, 2008
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to examine the joint effects of bereavement and caregiver intervention on caregiver depressive symptoms. Design and Methods: Alzheimer's caregivers from a randomized trial of an enhanced caregiver support intervention versus usual care who had experienced the death of their spouse (n = 254) were repeatedly…
Descriptors: Grief, Intervention, Dementia, Caregivers
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Francis, Catherine; Pirkis, Jane; Blood, R. Warwick; Dunt, David; Burgess, Philip; Morley, Belinda; Stewart, Andrew – Journal of Community Psychology, 2005
This study describes Australian media portrayal of mental illnesses, focusing on depression. A random sample of 1,123 items was selected for analysis from a pool of 13,389 nonfictional media items about mental illness collected between March 2000 and February 2001. Depression was portrayed more frequently than other mental illnesses. Items about…
Descriptors: Nonfiction, Mass Media, Accuracy, Depression (Psychology)
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O'Rourke, Norm – Canadian Journal on Aging, 2003
The Center for Epidemiologic Studies-Depression Scale (CES-D) is among the most widely used depression screening measures. Existing research suggests a higher-order factor structure of responses among older adults (factors labelled "depressive affect," "absence of well-being," "somatic symptoms," and "interpersonal affect," each loading upon a…
Descriptors: Dementia, Caregivers, Factor Structure, Measures (Individuals)
Vance, Erik – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2007
Head injuries in sports are nothing new, but in recent years, college athletes have reported a steady rise in concussions. Football players still get the most knocks to the head. Women have managed to keep up with, and often surpass, men in sports-related concussions in the last few years. In basketball, women reported 24 percent more concussions…
Descriptors: Females, Males, Head Injuries, Depression (Psychology)
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Teri, Linda; Truax, Paula – Gerontologist, 1994
Primary caregivers (n=41) of memory-impaired patients rated a standardized stimulus of depression and their actual patient. They were able to correctly identify depression in both. Further, their mood was unassociated with video ratings and only moderately associated with patient ratings. The findings support reliance on caregiver input.…
Descriptors: Alzheimers Disease, Depression (Psychology), Family Caregivers, Moods
Mallory, Virginia; And Others – 1989
This manual, which is intended for use in conducting individualized inservice training sessions for certified nurse aides employed in nursing homes and boarding homes throughout Maine, contains six learning modules designed to help health care workers better meet the needs of elderly nursing home residents who are challenged with mental illness.…
Descriptors: Adult Education, Aging (Individuals), Allied Health Occupations Education, Behavioral Objectives
Bach, Paul J. – 1981
Cognitive change in the elderly can be due to several etiological factors which are empirically difficult to separate and clinically problematic to differentiate. Normal aging is accompanied by behavioral slowing. The slowing down of psycho-motor processes results in a lowered intelligence quotient, but cannot be taken as unequivocal evidence for…
Descriptors: Adult Development, Aging (Individuals), Behavior Change, Cognitive Ability
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Gaugler, Joseph E.; Pot, Anne Margriet; Zarit, Steven H. – Gerontologist, 2007
Purpose: Longitudinal research in dementia has acknowledged the importance of transitions during the course of family caregiving. However, long-term adaptation to institutionalization has received little attention. This study attempts to describe caregivers' adaptation (changes in stress, well-being, and psychosocial resources) to placement up to…
Descriptors: Dementia, Adolescents, Adjustment (to Environment), Caregivers
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Burns, Robert; Nichols, Linda O.; Martindale-Adams, Jennifer; Graney, Marshall J.; Lummus, Allan – Gerontologist, 2003
Purpose: This study developed and tested two 24-month primary care interventions to alleviate the psychological distress suffered by the caregivers of those with Alzheimer's disease. The interventions, using targeted educational materials, were patient behavior management only, and patient behavior management plus caregiver stress-coping…
Descriptors: Behavior Problems, Alzheimers Disease, Dementia, Caregivers
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Theut, Susan K.; And Others – International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 1991
Administered Anticipatory Grief Scale (AGS) and Hopkins Symptom Checklist-SCL-90-R to 27 wives who were caring for their spouses suffering from dementia. Alpha coefficient for AGS was 0.84, indicating good internal consistency. AGC was positively and significantly correlated with depression, anxiety, and hostility dimensions of SCL-90-R,…
Descriptors: Anxiety, Depression (Psychology), Expectation, Family Caregivers
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