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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: http://news.osu.edu/news/2014/05/05/caring-for-horses-eases-symptoms-of-dementia/
The National Adult Day Services Association is accepting applications for the Beth Meyer-Arnold Research Fellowship for original graduate-level research in the area of adult day services. The award supports graduate students who are completing theses and dissertations in areas of interest to adult day services providers and consumers.
Successful applicants will receive mentoring and support from members of the NADSA Research Committee and will be expected to present their research at the annual NADSA conference. Additionally, fellows and their advisors will be featured on the NADSA website. An award of $5000 will be provided to recipients ($4000 upon selection and $1000 after NADSA receives a completed final report of their research findings).
Do you know somebody who is doing an outstanding job at work or is supporting adult day services locally and impacting adult day services nationally? Nominate program staff, organizations, caregivers, participants, legislators and advocates who demonstrate excellence and support day services for NADSA’s Annual Awards.
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Awards recognize program staff, organizations, programs, media representatives, legislators and advocates who support adult day services. Electronic nominations must be submitted by June 27, 2014. Winners will be recognized during the National Conference October 10-11, 2014, in Charlotte, NC. For conference details visit www.nadsa.org.
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Join the National Adult Day Services Association in partnership with the North Carolina Adult Day Services Association in Charlotte, NC, on October 10-11, 2014, at the Westin in downtown Charlotte. Click here to learn more about the conference.
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Family caregivers show an increase in the beneficial stress hormone DHEA-S on days when they use an adult day care service for their relatives with dementia, according to researchers at Penn State and the University of Texas at Austin. DHEA-S controls the harmful effects of cortisol and is associated with better long-term health.
“This is one of the first studies to show that DHEA-S can be modified by an intervention, which, in our case, was the use of an adult day care service,” said Steven Zarit, Distinguished Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, Penn State. “The study is also one of the first to demonstrate that interventions to lower stress on caregivers, such as the use of adult day care services, have an effect on the body’s biological responses to stress. We know that caregivers are at increased risk of illness, because of the long hours of care they provide and the high levels of stress. These findings suggest that use of adult day care services may protect caregivers against the harmful effects of stress associated with giving care to someone with dementia.”
The researchers studied 151 caregivers of family members with dementia who attend an adult day care service at least two days a week. For eight consecutive days, the caregivers collected their own saliva five times each day and kept a diary of the times at which they collected the saliva. They kept these saliva samples refrigerated until they could be shipped back to the laboratory. During the evenings of each of the eight days, interviewers from the Penn State Survey Research Center called the participants and asked them about the daily stressors they had encountered as well as their mood.
The team’s results suggest that caregivers of family members with dementia who use adult day care services at least two times a week have increased DHEA-S levels on the day following the adult day service visit. The results appear on-line in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.
“Prior research has found that higher DHEA-S levels are protective against the physiological damaging effects of stressor exposure and may reduce risks of illness,” Zarit said. “We have found that regular use of adult day care services may help reduce depletion of DHEA-S and allow the body to mount a protective and restorative response to the physiological demands of caregiving. These results suggest the value of broadening the focus of caregiver interventions to include their impact on relevant biological risk factors associated with chronic stress and disease.”
Other authors on the paper include Courtney Whetzel, research associate in biobehavioral health, Penn State; Kyungmin Kim, postdoctoral fellow, University of Austin at Texas; Elia Femia, research associate in human development and family studies, Penn State; David Almeida, professor of human development and family studies, Penn State; Michael Rovine, professor of human development and family studies, Penn State; and Laura Cousino Klein, associate professor of biobehavioral health, Penn State.