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SOURCE: LightBridge Healthcare Research, Inc
The latest research on Alzheimer’s disease shows that the decline of brain function may be slowed with changes in the patient’s environment. With over a decade of experience in advising at-home caretakers, The Alzheimer’s Caregiver says the new study offers hope and important lessons.
San Antonio, Texas (PRWEB) February 13, 2013
The Alzheimer’s Caregiver says its approach to taking care of those with Alzheimer’s disease is in line with the latest research on positive coping strategies. In that study, published in The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, researchers at Utah State University discovered that the decline in brain functioning in Alzheimer's patients may be dramatically slowed by changes in environmental factors. Those factors included overall health conditions, demographics and particularly caregivers’ attitudes.
The analysts studied the role of positive strategies for caregivers such as problem-focused coping, speaking frequently about good things and seeking more social support. They found that caregivers who utilized higher levels of these strategies were able to slow down the progress of dementia.
On the other hand, researchers said patients whose caregivers rely more on "negative" coping strategies, such as blaming or avoidance, showed a faster decline in cognitive and functional skills.
Researchers concluded that caregivers should use a problem-solving approach tailored to individual patient needs. Finding stimulating activities designed to engage the patient is one example of this approach.
Tom Elin, CEO of The Alzheimer’s Caregiver, says problem-focused coping could be beneficial for caregivers as well as patients. He says, “This new research fits perfectly with The Alzheimer’s Caregiver. He recommends that caregivers also seek out support groups for help with problem solving.
About The Alzheimer’s Caregiver.com:
The Alzheimer’s Caregiver “translates” academic, scientific, and clinical research about Alzheimer’s for Professional and at-home caregivers. It offers education, training and materials which often allow users to keep patients at home longer than would be possible otherwise. To find out what The Alzheimer’s Caregiver can do for you or a loved one, visit http://www.TheAlzheimersCaregiver.com.
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