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.