It’s long been known that family caregivers who take care of themselves are in a better position to care for their family members. But now a study further underscores the importance of this, at least in the case of care recipients with dementia, by showing that caregivers who practice good coping strategies might help slow the progression of dementia in the family member under their care.
Care recipients were given short exams to measure their cognitive ability, including attention, memory, language and orientation to time, date and place. In non-academic speak, research showed that caregivers who used coping strategies, specifically a problem-focused approach (i.e. problem solving), saw a slower rate of decline in those with dementia than those who reported using this strategy less. The more they used these approaches, the better the results for the person with dementia.
Not to mention the benefit of good coping strategies lowering stress levels for the caregivers as well. Talk about a win/win!