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(p. 31) Risk Area 3: Caregiver Emotional Well-Being 

(p. 31) Risk Area 3: Caregiver Emotional Well-Being
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(p. 31) Risk Area 3: Caregiver Emotional Well-Being
Author(s):

Louis D. Burgio

and Matthew J. Wynn

DOI:
10.1093/med-psych/9780190855949.003.0005
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date: 13 April 2021

This chapter describes one of the five risk areas, namely, caregiver emotional well-being. Caregiving for a person with dementia often is associated with increased levels of depression, stress, anxiety, and anger. This chapter focuses on two strategies designed to improve caregiver emotional well-being: relaxation to reduce stress and increasing engagement in pleasant events. Clinicians are given instructions to teach caregivers the Signal Breath technique, a deep breathing skill to help increase alertness and reduce stress. The chapter also includes worksheets designed to be filled out with the caregiver in order to identify and plan pleasant events for both the caregiver and the person with dementia.

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