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BACKGROUND Caring for a family member with dementia is extremely stressful, contributes to psychiatric and physical illness among caregivers, and increases the risk for caregiver death. Finding better ways to support family caregivers is a major public health challenge. OBJECTIVE To test the effects of a structured multicomponent intervention on quality(More)
A modified version of the Revised Memory and Behavior Problems Checklist (RMBPC; L. Teri et al., 1992) was administered across 6 different sites to 1,229 family caregivers of community-dwelling adults with dementia. The total sample was divided randomly into 2 subsamples. Principal components analyses on occurrence responses and reaction ratings from the(More)
OBJECTIVES To develop and validate a brief screening measure for use in research, healthcare, and community settings to systematically assess well-being and identify needed areas of support for caregivers of patients with dementia. DESIGN This study used data from Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer's Caregiver Health (REACH II), a multisite randomized(More)
Computer-assisted behavioral observation data were collected from 66 nursing home residents while they received assistance during personal care routines from a certified nursing assistant (CNA). Data were collected both before and after a comprehensive behavior-management and communication-skills training program was delivered to the nursing staff. A total(More)
Clinical trials of rehabilitation interventions pose unique challenges to researchers. Treatments can be technically complex, often requiring a multidisciplinary team of professions. This article demonstrates the application of Treatment Implementation (TI) methods in a rehabilitation team-training intervention conducted with 29 team leaders (12 medical(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the effects of psychological stress on the antibody response to tetanus vaccine adjusting for cytokine gene polymorphisms and other nongenetic factors in caregivers of patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD). METHODS A family-based follow-up study was conducted in 119 spouses and offspring of community-dwelling patients with AD.(More)
Little is known about the structure, content, and benefits of practice-based or grass roots health programs that have been widely delivered by a variety of community organizations and stakeholders. This perspective will document the natural history of Texercise Classic, a state-endorsed but previously untested lifestyle health promotion program. It will:(More)
Agitation in nursing home residents presents a serious challenge to caregivers and may place residents at risk for harm. Understanding the etiology of agitation can assist clinicians in developing nonpharmacologic interventions for preventing and treating this problem. The purpose of this study was to examine independent and common predictors of resident(More)
Community-based organizations (CBOs) are moving rapidly to provide new health services proven to be health promoting , and importantly, desired by seniors. In particular, evidence-based programs (EBPs) that promote healthy behaviors and proper self-management of health conditions have become a valuable resource to CBOs by complementing formal health-care(More)
This study assessed the feasibility of Structured Practice, a memory intervention format for persons with dementia that requires little or no expertise on the part of a trainer. Fourteen residents of assisted-living facilities practiced a 7-digit telephone number and engaged in guided social interaction with a trainer during several sessions. Free and cued(More)