A Training Program for People with Dementia and their Family Caregivers (WC2008-092)

Background

Starting date: 01/01/2009 People with dementia and their caregivers can suffer a lot from dementia. Providing care to people with dementia is a heavy responsibility which can affect the health and normal lives of family caregivers. There is no cure for dementia, but prevention and treatment focused on behaviour problems that may result from the dementia and the care situation is feasible. A recent review shows that combined interventions both for people with dementia and their caregivers were most effective to diminish depressive symptoms of people with dementia. One of the promising combined interventions is an intervention developed by Linda Teri and colleagues. People with Alzheimer disease receive an exercise program together with their caregivers. The caregivers are also trained in behaviour management techniques to deal with behavioural disturbances. People with Alzheimer disease who participated in the intervention program performed significantly better on physical measures and measures of affective status compared to the usual care group