A Stress-Busting Program for family caregivers

Sharon L. Lewis, Denise Miner-Williams, Allen Novian, Monica I. Escamilla, Paula H. Blackwell, Jennifer Hale Kretzschmar, Lyda C. Arevalo-Flechas, Peter N. Bonner

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    Aging baby boomers, longer life spans, and rising levels of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias (ADRD) will result in a caregiver crisis in the near future. The ways in which caregivers deal with stresses related to caregiving will be critical to both their own well-being and their ability to care for others. The purpose of this article is to describe the Stress-Busting Program (SBP) for family caregivers and its effectiveness. The essential components of the SBP are education, stress management, problem solving and support delivered in a group setting for 9 weeks. Results of the SBP indicate that throughout the program, caregivers experienced significant improvements in general health, vitality, social function, and mental health scores and decreases in anxiety, anger/hostility, depression, perceived stress, and caregiver burden. The SBP is a cost-effective health-promotion strategy for caregivers who have substantial ongoing stress.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)151-159
    Number of pages9
    JournalRehabilitation Nursing
    Issue number4
    StatePublished - Jan 1 2009


    • Alzheimer's disease
    • Alzheimer's disease and
    • Caregiving
    • Intervention
    • Related dementias
    • Stress

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Nursing(all)
    • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
    • Rehabilitation


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