U of M researchers investigate the effectiveness of an intervention aimed at providing care to Minnesota’s caregivers.
The Alzheimer’s Association has said for every one person affected by Alzheimer’s disease or dementia in the United States, three family members are also affected.
For the 94,000 Minnesotans over the age of 65 living with some form of dementia, that means an additional 243,000 individuals and counting are in some way involved in unpaid care.
These individuals are often spouses or adult children, the latter often having additional care responsibilities in addition to helping a parent with memory loss.
Simply put by University of Minnesota memory loss and caregiving expert Joseph Gaugler, Ph.D., “Families are the frontline of dementia care.”
Investigating a better way
In an effort to help reduce some of the challenges and stress that caregivers can face, a recent study led by Gaugler, an associate professor and McKnight Presidential Fellow in the U of M’s School of Nursing, investigated better care for Minnesota’s unpaid caregivers.