“To Manage Dementia Well, Start With The Caregivers”

To Manage Dementia Well, Start With The Caregivers,” by Lauren Gravitz, NPR

“Researchers have shown that the majority of people with dementia are cared for at home by members of their family. And that those family members, in turn, have higher incidence of stress and depression, as well as lower overall quality of life. ‘The trick seems to be in training family caregivers to spot triggers of behavior and problem-solve around those triggers, to look for underlying causes and then creatively develop strategies,’ Kales says. But such approaches are rarely employed because there’s no systematic way to teach people how to use them.”

LTC Comment (from Stephen A. Moses, President, Center for Long-Term Care Reform):

Ways to prevent problems and care for the caregivers.

To Manage Dementia Well, Start With The Caregivers