Monthly Archives: May 2014

22 May 2014

Zarit Receives Recognition by Pennsylvania Adult Day Services Association

Posted May 22, 2014 in News / Awards in Research

Dr. Steven Zarit, distinguished professor and head of the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, was presented a Certificate of Appreciation by the PA Adult Day Services Association (PADSA) for his research and dedication that has helped to quantify the value of adult day services. Most recently, Dr. Zarit and his colleagues published findings on a Daily Stress Health Study (DASH) that measured cortisol and DHEA-S levels of family caregivers. “Caregivers who use adult day services are at reduced risk of illness,” Dr. Zarit said.  The results appear on-line in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.

According to PADSA, in addition to more than 25 years of helping professionals understand the role of family caregivers, Zarit has validated the benefits of adult day services for both family caregivers and their loved ones with dementia who attend the programs.

Adult day service providers throughout Pennsylvania have worked closely with his research team and Zarit has been readily available to PADSA as a resource for projects that improve the adult day services industry in Pennsylvania.

Zarit serves on the National Adult Day Services Association (NADSA) board of directors, further demonstrating not only dedication to his research but to both the providers and participants of adult day services.

The certificate was presented during PADSA’s annual conference on May 1.

7 May 2014

Horses Benefit People Living with Alzheimer’s disease

Posted May 7, 2014 in Research

A collaboration between The Ohio State University, an equine therapy center and an adult daycare center found that people with Alzheimer’s were able to safely groom, feed and walk horses under supervision—and the experience buoyed their mood and made them less likely to resist care or become upset later in the day.  At the adult daycare center, a National Church Residences Center for Senior Health in downtown Columbus, clients normally partake in crafts, exercise and other activities to manage their dementia. For this study, sixteen of the center’s clients who had Alzheimer’s—nine women and seven men—volunteered to break with their regular routine.  Former NADSA Board member Holly Dabelko-Schoeny led the study.  Learn more: