Parents and Caregivers

Gerontechnology: providing a helping hand when caring for cognitively impaired older adults-intermediate results from a controlled study on the satisfaction and acceptance of informal caregivers.

Mitseva A, Peterson CB, Karamberi C, Oikonomou LCh, Ballis AV, Giannakakos C, Dafoulas GE. Curr Gerontol Geriatr Res. 2012;2012:401705. doi: 10.1155/2012/401705. Epub 2012 Mar 22. SOURCE:  North Denmark EU-Office, Aalborg Municipality, Boulevarden 13, 9000 Aalborg, Denmark. The incidence of cognitive impairment in older age is increasing, as is the number of cognitively impaired older adults […]

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Effects of an assistive technology intervention on older adults with disabilities and their informal caregivers: an exploratory randomized controlled trial.

Mortenson WB, Demers L, Fuhrer MJ, Jutai JW, Lenker J, DeRuyter F. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2013 Apr;92(4):297-306. doi: 10.1097/PHM.0b013e31827d65bf. SOURCE:  Centre de recherche de l’institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal, Montreal, PQ, Canada. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to demonstrate experimentally that an assistive technology (AT) intervention improves older AT users’ […]

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Utilising behavioural family therapy (BFT) to help support the system around a person with intellectual disability and complex mental health needs: a case study.

Marshall K, Ferris J. J Intellect Disabil. 2012 Jun;16(2):109-18. doi: 10.1177/1744629512443619. Epub 2012 Apr 10. SOURCE:  NHS Lothian, Livingston, Scotland. keith.marshall2@nhs.net There is a higher incidence of mental health problems amongst people with intellectual disabilities. Family members and support staff who provide support to people with intellectual disabilities with mental health difficulties are more likely […]

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Does problem-solving training for family caregivers benefit their care recipients with severe disabilities? A latent growth model of the Project CLUES randomized clinical trial

Berry JW, Elliott TR, Grant JS, Edwards G, Fine PR. Rehabil Psychol. 2012 May;57(2):98-112. doi: 10.1037/a0028229. SOURCE:  Department of Psychology, Samford University, Birmingham, AL 35229, USA. jwberry@samford.edu OBJECTIVE: To examine whether an individualized problem-solving intervention provided to family caregivers of persons with severe disabilities provides benefits to both caregivers and their care recipients. DESIGN: Family […]

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A home-based training program improves Taiwanese family caregivers’ quality of life and decreases their risk for depression: a randomized controlled trial.

Kuo LM, Huang HL, Huang HL, Liang J, Chiu YC, Chen ST, Kwok YT, Hsu WC, Shyu YI. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2013 May;28(5):504-13. doi: 10.1002/gps.3853. Epub 2012 Jul 9. SOURCE:   School of Nursing, Hsin Sheng College of Medical Care and Management, Taoyuan, Taiwan. OBJECTIVES: Little is known about the longitudinal effects of training programs […]

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Unhappy (and happy) in their own way: a developmental psychopathology perspective on quality of life for families living with developmental disability with and without autism.

Gardiner E, Iarocci G. Res Dev Disabil. 2012 Nov-Dec;33(6):2177-92. doi: 10.1016/j.ridd.2012.06.014. Epub 2012 Jul 11. SOURCE:  Department of Psychology, Simon Fraser University, 8888 University Drive, Burnaby, BC, Canada V5A 1S6. emily_gardiner@sfu.ca Research on families living with developmental disability generally and autism specifically is dominated by a deficit view that elicits an elaborate representation of problems […]

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Effects of a psychological intervention in a primary health care center for caregivers of dependent relatives: a randomized trial.

  Rodriguez-Sanchez E, Patino-Alonso MC, Mora-Simón S, Gómez-Marcos MA, Pérez-Peñaranda A, Losada-Baltar A, García-Ortiz L. Gerontologist. 2013 Jun;53(3):397-406. doi: 10.1093/geront/gns086. Epub 2012 Aug 16 Address correspondence to Emiliano Rodríguez-Sánchez, Unidad de Investigación, Centro de salud La Alamedilla, Avda. Comuneros 27, 37003 Salamanca, Spain. E-mail: emiliano@usal.es. PURPOSE:  To assess, in the context of Primary Health Care […]

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How assistive technology use by individuals with disabilities impacts their caregivers: a systematic review of the research evidence.

Mortenson WB, Demers L, Fuhrer MJ, Jutai JW, Lenker J, DeRuyter F. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2012 Nov;91(11):984-98. doi: 10.1097/PHM.0b013e318269eceb. SOURCE:  Centre de recherche de l’institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal, Montreal, Canada. Informal caregivers are a critical yet frequently unacknowledged part of the healthcare system. It is commonly presumed that providing assistive technology […]

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Adaptation to a spouse’s disability by parents of adult children with mental illness or developmental disability

Ghosh S, Greenberg JS, Seltzer MM. Psychiatr Serv. 2012 Nov;63(11):1118-24. doi: 10.1176/appi.ps.201200014. SOURCE:  Heller School for Social Policy and Management and the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy, Brandeis University, 415 South St., Waltham, MA 02453, USA. subharati@gmail.com OBJECTIVE:  This study examined the effects on well-being of a spouse’s disability among aging parents already serving as […]

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Caregiver assistance among Medicare beneficiaries with atrial fibrillation and factors associated with anticoagulant treatment

Chen SY, Vanderpoel J, Mody S, Nelson WW, Schein J, Rao P, Boulanger L. Am J Geriatr Pharmacother. 2012 Oct;10(5):273-83. doi: 10.1016/j.amjopharm.2012.08.003. Epub 2012 Sep 12. SOURCE:  United BioSource Corporation, Lexington, MA, USA. BACKGROUND:  Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained cardiac arrhythmia and disproportionately affects the elderly. OBJECTIVE:  This study describes patient characteristics […]

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