Gayle J Acton

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The purpose of this study was to compare emotional and biological responses of men and women who are spousal caregivers of patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD). Quality-of-life measurements, bioinstrumentation data, and immunophenotype assessments were obtained from female and male spousal caregivers of patients with AD. Spousal caregivers (women, n = 45(More)
Because of conflicting results, in order to clarify the state of the science it was necessary to do a systematic analysis of the literature on research testing the effect of interventions on the burden of persons caring for family members with dementia. The purpose of this study was to evaluate, using meta-analytic techniques, those intervention strategies(More)
Caregiving for family members with cognitive impairment is stressful and time consuming. Because of the attention needed to manage the memory and behavior problems of the care receiver, family caregivers have little time to attend to their own health needs. Most research related to the health of family caregivers has been conducted within a stress-illness(More)
The article describes a study that tested a midrange model of caregiver stress mediation in women caring for a family member with Alzheimer's disease. The study was grounded in the nursing theory of modeling and role modeling and tested two hypotheses based on theoretically derived propositions. A convenience sample of 88 female caregivers participating in(More)
Health-promoting self-care behavior emphasizing positive lifestyle practices may improve the health and quality of life of adults. One variable that may influence health-related decisions is the status of basic needs as described by Maslow. The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationships among basic need satisfaction, health-promoting(More)
Communication difficulties between caregivers and persons with dementia (PWDs) may increase stress, resulting in behavior problems. Kitwood's theory of dementia care suggests that successful collaborative communication increases well-being and quality of life in PWDs. This study aimed to determine if individualized communication prescriptions (ways(More)
Often communication from people with advanced dementia of the Alzheimer type (DAT) is regarded as incoherent and meaningless. However, with careful listening and observation, such communication often becomes more understandable. To better understand DAT communication, the investigators designed an exploratory qualitative study to videotape and critically(More)
Density-labelling with deuterium oxide has been used to distinguish preexisting from newly made ascorbate oxidase (EC molecules in cotyledons of the mustard seedling (Sinapis alba L.). The time course of the change in bandwidth of isopycnically banded enzyme, taken together with the accompanying shifts in density, showed that the enzyme was(More)
The purpose of this research was to examine the effect of a multifactorial intervention to prevent falls by increasing self-efficacy to prevent falls, improving the knowledge of medication safety, and decreasing the number of environmental risks in older persons dwelling in the community. A sample of 120 cognitively intact residents of this community who(More)
Eating in response to emotions may lead to the consumption of excessive calories which typically leads to weight gain. This study examined the relationship between basic need satisfaction as identified by Maslow's hierarchy and emotional eating. According to Modeling and Role-Modeling theory, when lack of basic need satisfaction functions as a stressor,(More)