Learn from NADSA’s upcoming webinar depicting the power of Adult Day Services!

Benefits of ADS for the Health and Well-being of Family Caregivers: Evidence and Implications

September 10, 2014

Time:  10:00 AM (Alaska) / 11:00 AM (Pacific) / 1:00 PM (Central) / 2:00 PM (Eastern)


This presentation will examine research findings of the benefits that family caregivers experience when using ADS for a relative with disabilities and/or dementia.  As a clinician and researcher, for the past 20 years Dr. Zarit has researched what helps lower stress and burden for family caregivers.


  • Gain an understanding of what ADS programs can accomplish for family caregivers


  • Explore the new evidence base for ADS demonstrating substantial measurable benefits on health and emotions


  • Discover “audience friendly” information which can be used to explain, in your communities, that adult day services has important health and mental health benefits for family caregivers.


In particular, recent studies demonstrate that ADS use alters caregviers’ stress response at a physiological level.  By reducing harmful effects of stress, ADS use by caregivers lowers the risk of subsequent illness.  These findings have implications for ADS in the continuum of long-term care services, as the type of program that gives caregivers the most substantial benefit in a way that is sustainable across the whole span of time they are providing help.  Presenter:  Steven H. Zarit, PhD. Distinguished Professor, Department of Human Development and Family Studies; Adjunct Professor, Gerontology Institute, University College of Health Science, Jönköping, Sweden. To view Dr. Zarit’s bio click on the following link:  http://www.hhdev.psu.edu/profile/StevenZarit


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