Innovative Interventions to Reduce Dementia Caregiver Distress: A Clinical Guide

By David W. Coon; Dolores Gallagher-Thompson et al. | Go to book overview

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Capitalizing on
Technological Advances
Ann Steffen, Diane Feeney Mahoney, and Kathleen KellyThe following challenges may appear familiar to those who work with family caregivers of patients with dementia:
Iris, aged 59, cares for her 85-year-old mother in a rural community. Although Iris likes the idea of attending educational and support programs for dementia caregivers, she lives an hour away from the nearest caregiver support group. Because Iris finds it difficult to arrange for someone to be with her mother and doesn't like traveling when the weather is bad, she attends caregiver programs only rarely.
John, 62, is employed and rushes home at lunchtime every day to check on his wife who is in the early stages of Alzheimer's. He knows that he should be learning more about the disease and making plans, but his evenings and weekends involve being with his wife and taking care of basic household tasks. He also feels guilty leaving his wife alone in the evening to attend educational programs, since they spend so much time away from each other during the day. He wishes there were easier ways to access information and support without having to leave his home.
Wilma, who is 79, cares for her husband who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease 5 years ago. Her daughter lives nearby and helps with things like shopping and doctor's visits, but Wilma worries about asking her to help out more because her daughter also works full-time and has her own family. Wilma

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