Improving Care Partner and Caregiver Support and Well-being

We have increasingly been performing studies of care partners and caregivers, including studies of caregiver wellbeing, sources of stress or resilience in caregivers, and advanced care planning for care partners or caregivers of patients at all stages of dementia. We have performed preliminary studies to evaluate the use of a behavior management training program to better equip caregivers to manage challenging behaviors at home. We also have a new study in which we work with mild stage patients and care partners to better understand the experience of couples soon after diagnosis is to develop an evidence-based program to promote resilience

Selected Publications

  • Bannon S, Reichman M, Popok P, Wagner J, Gates M, Uppal S, LeFeber L, Wong B, Dickerson BC, Vranceanu AM. In It Together: A Qualitative Meta-Synthesis of Common and Unique Psychosocial Stressors and Adaptive Coping Strategies of Persons With Young-Onset Dementia and Their Caregivers. Gerontologist. 2020 Oct 30:gnaa169. doi: 10.1093/geront/gnaa169.
  • Gentry MT, Lapid MI, Syrjanen J, Calvert K, Hughes S, Brushaber D, Kremers W, Bove J, Brannelly P, Coppola G, Dheel C, Dickerson B, Dickinson S, Faber K, Fields J, Fong J, Foroud T, Forsberg L, Gavrilova R, Gearhart D, Ghoshal N, Goldman J, Graff-Radford J, Graff-Radford N, Grossman M, Haley D, Heuer H, Hsiung GY, Huey E, Irwin D, Jones D, Jones L, Kantarci K, Karydas A, Knopman D, Kornak J, Kramer J, Kukull W, Lucente D, Lungu C, Mackenzie I, Manoochehri M, McGinnis S, Miller B, Pearlman R, Petrucelli L, Potter M, Rademakers R, Ramos EM, Rankin K, Rascovsky K, Sengdy P, Shaw L, Tatton N, Taylor J, Toga A, Trojanowski J, Weintraub S, Wong B, Wszolek Z, Boeve BF, Boxer A, Rosen H; LEFFTDS Consortium. Quality of life and caregiver burden in familial frontotemporal lobar degeneration: Analyses of symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals within the LEFFTDS cohort. Alzheimers Dement. 2020 Aug;16(8):1115-1124. doi: 10.1002/alz.12095.