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ABOUT CARE WEEKLY
Care Weekly 2017;1:2Show summaryHide summary
A.S. Khachaturian (2017): About Care Weekly. The Journal of Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease (JPAD). http://dx.doi.org/10.14283/cw.2017.1
MOUSSE MEALS FOR ELDERLY PATIENTS WITH PSYCHIATRIC DISORDERS AND LOW NUTRITIONAL STATUS
Atsushi Hamuro, Minoru Honda, Yuya Wakaura, Shouko Mori, Ryuichi Tanaka
Care Weekly 2020;4:8-10Show summaryHide summary
We investigated the effect of mousse meals on improvement in nutritional status. We conducted a 12-week, prospective, structured clinical trial on 11 elderly patients with psychiatric disorders. We compared the participants’ body mass index, blood protein and albumin levels, activities of daily living, and swallowing function, as well as presence of pneumonia, urinary-tract infection, and incidences of gastrointestinal symptoms due to consumption of mousse meals during the baseline and 12-week follow up. Results showed that Body Mass Index levels significantly increased, while blood protein and albumin levels, activities of daily living, and swallow function varied. One patient with pneumonia and another with urinary-tract infection could resume eating mousse meals within one week from the onset of infection. No participant suffered from gastrointestinal symptoms. The results of this study indicate that mousse meals are a viable choice for improving low nutritional status of elderly patients with psychiatric disorders.
Atsushi Hamuro ; Minoru Honda ; Yuya Wakaura ; Shouko Mori ; Ryuichi Tanaka (2020): Mousse Meals for Elderly Patients with Psychiatric Disorders and Low Nutritional Status. Care Weekly. http://dx.doi.org/10.14283/cw.2020.2
“IT TOOK THE STRESS OUT OF GETTING HELP”: THE STAR-CTELEMEDICINE MIXED METHODS PILOT
A. Lindauer, R. Croff, K. Mincks, N. Mattek, S.J. Shofner, N. Bouranis, L. Teri
Care Weekly 2018;2:25-31Show summaryHide summary
Background: Caring for a family member with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias can be mentally and physically taxing. Support programs are available to mitigate the strain of care, but caregivers report access challenges (e.g., distance). STAR-C is an evidence-based, effective, one-on-one caregiver educational intervention. However, family caregivers who do not live near a STAR-C consultant (e.g., rural caregivers) cannot participate in the program. The earth-bound mode presents a critical barrier to widely-available caregiver support.
Objectives: We assessed the feasibility, preliminary efficacy, and cost of implementing a caregiver support intervention (STAR-C-Telemedicine), using Internet-based videoconferencing.
Design: Using a mixed-methods approach, we examined feasibility and pre- and post-intervention changes in caregiver burden. Focus groups provided feedback on program acceptability.
Setting: Participants, in their own homes, connected the university-based study staff using videoconferencing technology.
Participants: Twenty family caregivers for those with dementia consented to the study.
Intervention: The STAR-C-TM intervention included 8 weekly sessions in which the university-based consultant met (via videoconferencing) with caregivers in their homes. The intervention focused on identifying upsetting behaviors and identifying triggers to the behaviors.
Measurements: We assessed caregiver burden, depression and desire to institutionalize prior to and after the intervention.
Results: Fourteen caregivers (82% of those who started the intervention) completed all study components. We found statistically significant reductions in caregiver burden. Caregivers liked the videoconferencing option. Almost two-thirds reported, given the choice, that they would prefer it over an in-person offering. STAR-C-TM saved, on average, $1150/per caregiver over the traditional program. Qualitative findings supported the quantitative data.
Conclusions: Telemedicine-based support for family caregivers is a feasible and cost-effective option. As the prevalence of dementia grows, programs such as STAR-C-TM can fill an important gap in caregiver education and support.
Allison Lindauer ; Raina Croff ; Katherine Mincks ; Nora Mattek ; Sabrina J. Shofner ; Nicole Bouranis ; Linda Teri (2018): It Took the Stress out of Getting Help”: The STAR-C-Telemedicine Mixed Methods Pilot. Care Weekly. http://dx.doi.org/10.14283/cw.2018.10
WEIGHT LOSS IS A MAJOR CAUSE OF FRAILTY
B. Fougère, J.E. Morley
Care Weekly 2017;1:4-6Show summaryHide summary
B. Fougère ; J.E. Morley (2017): Weight Loss is a Major Cause of Frailty. The Journal of Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease (JPAD). http://dx.doi.org/10.14283/cw.2017.3
ON LIVING ALONE WITH ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE
Care Weekly 2018;2:50-53Show summaryHide summary
A sociologist’s encounters with a retired executive living alone with Alzheimer’s disease reveal gaps in the U.S. healthcare system. These gaps emerge during eight ethnographic interviews and participant observation between 2014 and 2017 with Ms. Judith Banks, 79. Ms. Banks’ perspective offers an inside-view of the challenges of living alone with cognitive impairment. Receiving a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease was “brutal” for her and the support to continue living in the community almost non-existent. Gaps in the U.S. healthcare system further emerge from the contrast between Ms. Banks’ case study and the examination of the Danish system of care for non-institutionalized persons with dementia. Given that one third of people with dementia live alone in the U.S. and that they are likely to experience poorer health outcomes than counterparts living with others, it is critical to ensure that they receive appropriate health services upon diagnosis of cognitive impairment.
E. Portacolone (2018): On Living Alone with Alzheimer’s Disease. Care Weekly. http://dx.doi.org/10.14283/cw.2018.3