Navigation Links
Helping Alzheimer's patients stay independent
Date:7/18/2012

Family members or professional caregivers who do everything for older adults with Alzheimer's disease may just be wanting to help, but one University of Alberta researcher says that creating excess dependency may rob the patients of their independence and self-worth.

U of A psychologist Tiana Rust, who recently completed her doctoral program, says her research indicated that caregivers adopted a "dependency support script," assuming control of tasks they believed patients seemed no longer capable of doing for themselves. She says this model shows that the caregivers' beliefs, rather than the person's real abilities, drove their interactions with the patients. Her research also showed that the caregivers' actions were also seemingly incongruous with their values of wanting to treat patients with respect and promote their independence.

With an aging Canadian population, the number of people suffering from the disease is expected to increase over the next 20 years, she says. Thus, changing behaviour becomes criticaland she's hoping her U-of-A based research will help spark that change.

"When we create this excess dependency that doesn't need to be there, this is a problem," said Rust. "1.1 million Canadians are projected to have dementia by 2038. So, if we're able to maintain and promote independence to the degree permissible by the disease, that's important."

Help not necessarily wanted

Rust observed several caregivers and Alzheimer's patients in an experimental setting where they were asked to prepare a meal together. What she found was similar to behaviour patterns found in other studies with older adults: caregivers would assume responsibility for tasks that they believed patients were incapable of doing on their own. However, she noted that caregiver actions were not always based on their observations of the patient, but sometimes on their own beliefs.

"The caregivers who believed that people wit
'/>"/>

Contact: Jamie Hanlon
jamie.hanlon@ualberta.ca
780-492-9214
University of Alberta
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2 3

Related medicine news :

1. Employment Key to Helping Veterans Adjust to Life Back Home
2. Pivotal role for proteins -- from helping turn carbs into energy to causing devastating disease
3. New targeting technology improves outcomes for patients with atrial fibrillation
4. A stronger doctor-patient relationship for the costliest patients
5. Spouses of severe-sepsis patients at high risk of depression, U-M study shows
6. Doctors and rheumatoid arthritis patients differ on perception of disease activity
7. Unmet needs: Adolescents and young adult cancer patients lack psychological, social support
8. Sodium Buildup in Brain Linked to Disability in MS Patients
9. Physicians dont adequately monitor patients medication adherence
10. Black Patients More Apt to Have Voice Box Removed When Cancer Strikes
11. Patients Skin Cells Yield Research Model for Alzheimers
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:12/25/2014)... Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) December 25, 2014 ... comes to outstanding customer service and affordable quality regarding ... metropolitan area announces recognition in 2014 by the “Queen ... and Sons has earned an impressive reputation over the ... pricing on a wide range of contractor services for ...
(Date:12/24/2014)... 2014 Connie Casad, MD, a well-known ... advocate with 30 years of practice experience in Dallas, ... health benefits of dietary detoxification. The second study is ... excellent results from test patients who just completed a ... her interest in conducting the study, Dr. Casad said, ...
(Date:12/24/2014)... 24, 2014 Dr. Vu Ho, a ... of his practice and med-spa with the addition of ... list of cosmetic treatments and services. , “Silk Peel ... skin,” says Dr. Ho. “As a result it can ... wrinkles, sun spots, discolorations or blemishes.” , Similar to ...
(Date:12/24/2014)... The report “Stivarga (Colorectal Cancer) – Forecast ... treatment landscape, unmet needs, current pipeline and commercial opportunities ... which is used in the treatment of colon or ... also prescribed to patients who suffer from advanced gastrointestinal ... a multi-kinase inhibitor and it blocks many enzymes which ...
(Date:12/24/2014)... can be a challenge for people who suffer migraines, which ... "This is the season in which many people overindulge in ... chair of the American Migraine Foundation, said in a news ... food and beverage choices, to help reduce the risk of ... at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz. , , The ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Parker & Sons Announces Recognition In 2014 By The “Queen Of Clean” For Impressive Contractor Services In Arizona 2Health News:Parker & Sons Announces Recognition In 2014 By The “Queen Of Clean” For Impressive Contractor Services In Arizona 3Health News:Connie Casad, MD, Now Accepting Test Participants for January Dietary Detoxification Study 2Health News:Connie Casad, MD, Now Accepting Test Participants for January Dietary Detoxification Study 3Health News:Dr. Vu Ho Expands Facial Plastic Surgery Practice to Include New Skin Care Treatment 2Health News:Stivarga Colorectal Cancer Treatment Market Analysis and Forecast to 2023 Report at RnRMarketReserach.com 2Health News:Stivarga Colorectal Cancer Treatment Market Analysis and Forecast to 2023 Report at RnRMarketReserach.com 3Health News:Expert Offers Tips for Preventing Holiday Migraines 2
... ALTO, Calif., March 31 Varian Medical Systems (NYSE: ... for second quarter of fiscal year 2009 following the close ... news release will be followed by a teleconference available to ... quarterly results can be accessed on April 29, 2009. The ...
... damaged area helped restore blood flow, researchers say , , ... attack with the patients, own bone marrow stem cells ... reduce long-term complications, a new U.S. study finds. , ... stent placement after a heart attack. Within one week ...
... Washington, DC Researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center ... reduce damage resulting from spinal cord injury in preclinical ... of Neurology and led by Kimberly Byrnes, PhD, ... leads to lasting nerve cell damage, and that an ...
... eat meals outside the home, the country also faces an ... diseases has led to demands for nutritional labeling of restaurant ... Research examines the potential benefits of such labeling. , ... accurately estimate the levels of calories, saturated fat, trans fat, ...
... People who suffer cardiac arrests and then receive coronary ... brain damage compared with those who don,t have the ... School of Medicine researchers. The study, published in the ... Medicine and now available online, showed that patient ...
... Today, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) ... the School Lunch Buy, a government sponsored feeding program."This ... available for the first time in several years, and ... 434,000 short tons, exceeding the previous record crop of ...
Cached Medicine News:Health News:Varian Medical Systems Schedules Second Quarter FY2009 News Release and Conference Call 2Health News:Varian Medical Systems Schedules Second Quarter FY2009 News Release and Conference Call 3Health News:Patient's Own Stem Cells Might Treat Heart Attack 2Health News:By shutting down inflammation, agent reverses damage from spinal cord injury in preclinical studies 2Health News:Full disclosure: People will make healthier choices if restaurants provide nutritional data 2Health News:Coronary angiography may improve outcomes for cardiac arrest patients 2Health News:Coronary angiography may improve outcomes for cardiac arrest patients 3Health News:USDA Adds Walnuts to Government Sponsored Meals 2Health News:USDA Adds Walnuts to Government Sponsored Meals 3
(Date:12/24/2014)... , Dec. 24, 2014  Commonwealth Cornerstone Group (CCG) ... Tax Credits transaction on Tuesday to help fund the expansion ... (PHN) in Sharon . ... Pennsylvania . It is the largest employer ... more than 150 people on staff. Currently, PHN ...
(Date:12/24/2014)... Dec. 24, 2014  The International Trade Commission (ITC) issued ... against BMC Medical. In a notice issued on December 23, ... ResMed,s patent on its humidifier was invalid. BMC ... win". "We are very excited with the ITC,s decision in ... we have taken since the very beginning on the key ...
(Date:12/24/2014)... LONDON , December 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ ... expected to grow at an average rate of 8.1%. ... and volume. Hip, knee and spine surgeries are the ... emerging economies they have a lower penetration. Increased number ... use of composites. Non-metallic orthopedic devices have gained popularity ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Commonwealth Cornerstone Group Announces $8 Million in Tax Credits to Expand and Consolidate Healthcare Services in Sharon 2Commonwealth Cornerstone Group Announces $8 Million in Tax Credits to Expand and Consolidate Healthcare Services in Sharon 3ITC Final Decision Goes Against ResMed (RMD) Monumental Win for 3B/BMC 2Use of Composites in Orthopedic Industry to Reach $596 Million by 2020 2Use of Composites in Orthopedic Industry to Reach $596 Million by 2020 3
... MELVILLE, N.Y., Dec. 13, 2011  Sequel Systems, Inc., a ... physician practice referral program. The program offers a $500 ... who refer physician practices looking to adopt an EMR/EHR/EPM ... ) "This reward is simply a ...
... YORK, Dec. 13, 2011  TheraBiogen, Inc. (OTC BB: TRAB), a ... the relief of allergies, cold and flu symptoms and migraine ... Flu product will be prominently displayed on a billboard ad in ... as part of the Company,s ongoing product marketing program. ...
Cached Medicine Technology:Sequel Systems Launches Practice Referral Program 2Thera Max™ Cold and Flu Debuts in Times Square During the Height of the 2011 / 2012 Holiday Season 2
... national reference laboratory and a worldwide leader ... offers an extensive test menu of highly ... and anatomic pathology. Owned by the University ... than half of the nation's university teaching ...
... ARUP Laboratories is a national reference ... laboratory research and development. ARUP offers an ... unique medical tests in clinical and anatomic ... ARUP Laboratories' clients include more than half ...
... national reference laboratory and a worldwide leader ... offers an extensive test menu of highly ... and anatomic pathology. Owned by the University ... than half of the nation's university teaching ...
... is a national reference laboratory and a ... development. ARUP offers an extensive test menu ... in clinical and anatomic pathology. Owned by ... include more than half of the nation's ...
Medicine Products: