10:36am Saturday 29 February 2020

Study and therapy to help carers of dementia-related conditions

Dr Maria Kangas

Currently, many people with a dementia-related condition are cared for by family members.  These carers play a vital role in helping them to manage their daily needs. But studies have shown that often, with little support, these family carers are at risk and are suffering from a range of emotional problems, including anxiety, stress and depression which can lead to serious disruptions to work commitments, (and thus family income), social activities, interpersonal relationships, household and family routines. 

With carers own lives and health compromised, research indicates that one of the main reasons people with dementia-related illnesses are institutionalised is ultimately due to their family carers own decline in well-being. Therefore, ensuring the well-being of carers is important.

To address the psychological needs of distressed carers, Dr Maria Kangas from the Centre for Emotional Health at Macquarie University in collaboration with Professor Skye McDonald of the School of Psychology at the University of New South Wales, are conducting a psychological therapy research trial in the treatment of anxiety, stress and depression in distressed carers for persons with dementia disorders. The study is funded by Alzheimer’s Australia.

The psychological therapy program is conducted individually and consists of eight weekly session held over a 10-week period. The aim of the therapy program is to help carers reduce their anxiety/depression as well as improve their general well-being.
The therapy sessions, which are free to eligible persons, will be held at the Centre for Emotional Health located on the Macquarie University campus at North Ryde.

For further information, please contact Dr Kangas and her research team on (02) 9850 8599 or (02) 9850 4082 or email to maria.kangas@mq.edu.au


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