IJERPH, Vol. 17, Pages 1078: Psychological Symptomatology in Informal Caregivers of Persons with Dementia: Influences on Health-Related Quality of Life

IJERPH, Vol. 17, Pages 1078: Psychological Symptomatology in Informal Caregivers of Persons with Dementia: Influences on Health-Related Quality of Life International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health doi: 10.3390/ijerph17031078 Authors: Miguel Madruga Margarita Gozalo Josué Prieto José Carmelo Adsuar Narcis Gusi Informal caregivers of persons with dementia often report high levels of anxiety, depression and burden. Nonetheless, other less evaluated psychological symptoms might also influence their health-related quality of life (HRQoL). The aim of this study was to comprehensively analyse other psychological symptoms and their influence on the health-related quality of life of informal caregivers. Fifty-four informal women caregivers and fifty-six women non-caregivers were recruited to participate in the study. Psychological symptoms were assessed using the Symptom Check-List-90-Revised (SCL-90-R) questionnaire and the HRQoL with the EuroQoL-Five Dimensions and Three Levels (EurQoL-5D-3L) questionnaire. Significant between-group differences were found in the majority of scales in the SCL-90-R questionnaire (p < 0.01) and caregivers also reported a worse HRQoL than non-caregivers (p < 0.05). Several psychological symptoms such as obsession-compulsive (β = 0.47), hostility (β = 0.59), and somatization (β = −0.49) had a significant impact on caregivers’ HRQoL (R2 explaine...
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AbstractPurpose of ReviewDementia is a progressive brain disease that affects 5.8 million people in the USA. In 2018, more than 16 million Americans provided unpaid care for persons with dementia (PWD). Most of this care is provided by family members and friends yielding 18.5 billion hours of unpaid care worth $233.9 billion.Novel technological approaches to assist caregivers and improve health and function of PWD are being explored. Models to assess and predict behaviors may provide greater quality of life (QOL) for both PWD and their caregivers. The purpose of this paper is to review current available technologies for be...
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It’s 3 pm on a warm, sunny Saturday. For the past 20 years your mother would dress in her finest clothes and walk to her neighbor’s house for her weekly bridge game. For the past month, however, she has not been interested in playing bridge. Although she sometimes required prompting (as well as reminders to brush her hair), she usually returned from these games cheerful. Her indifference this month is new. Your mother received the diagnosis of mild Alzheimer’s disease last year. Although visibly frustrated at times, especially when she cannot think of the right word or find her pocketbook, she seemed to e...
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Depression and anxiety are common in persons with dementia (PWD) and are associated with a myriad of poor outcomes, which include poorer quality of life, greater impairment in activities of daily living, worsened cognitive impairment, and higher rates of institutionalization. Guidelines for treating depression in PWD are heterogeneous. Multiple international guidelines suggest repeated screening and evaluation over time for depression and other neuropsychiatric symptoms with appropriate treatment if symptoms are present.
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Dementia is associated with stress, anxiety, and depression in both patients and caregivers. Yoga may be a viable therapeutic modality to address these challenges, as it has been shown to decrease stress and improve anxiety and depressive symptoms in various populations. While there is preliminary data on dyadic exercise interventions for dementia patients and their caregivers, to date no research has examined the effectiveness of a dyadic yoga intervention.
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CONCLUSION: The cost to patients, family, and society of behavioral problems in IWD, along with modest efficacy of most pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic interventions, calls for more study of novel preventive approaches. PMID: 32115311 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
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CONCLUSION: The association between Alzheimer's disease pathology and anxiety and apathy is partly due to impairment in cognitive functioning. PMID: 32088096 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
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