Mindfulness Training For Carers Of People With Dementia
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Mindfulness training for carers of people with dementia; impact on carers’ wellbeing
This essay explores explores evidence of how caring for people with dementia (PwD) might have detrimental effects on a carers’ physiological and psychological wellbeing. It describes reviews the practice of mindfulness, and its potential health benefits,; and examines considers literature which argues which evaluates the impact of mindfulness training has a positive, therapeutic impact on the wellbeing of carers’.
According to the Alzheimer’s Society (2014) there are approximately 850,000 people with dementiaPwD in the UK, which will increase to one million people by 2025. One in six people aged 80 and over have dementia. The word dementia…show more content… Dementia can have a detrimental impact on takes a devastating toll on carers, affecting both their physiological and psychological wellbeing. According to the a poll, administered by the Alzheimer’s Association (2016) in the US, which questioned 3,102 adults in America about their attitudes, knowledge and experiences related to Alzheimer’s disease –, about 60 percent of carers of people with dementia carers rated their emotional stress of caring as high or very high, nearly 40 percent said they suffer from depression Aand approximately 74 percent said they are "somewhat" to "very" concerned about maintaining their own health .
Many studies have taken place over the last twenty years, which have brought to light the negative consequences caring for people with dementiaPwD has on the wellbeing of carers’, most notably . A study by Schultz, et al., (1995) noted that the most frequent clinical conditions examined are depression and anxiety .; O other symptoms may include sleep deprivation, negative changes in immune function and hypertension. In a review of 37 publications, which evaluated differences between caregivers and non-caregivers health and cognition, Fonareva et al (2014: 725-726) suggest report that familial carers, in particular, suffer from chronic stress, exacerbated by ‘excessive time constraints, increased chores, and behavioural management issues of the PwD, together with anticipatory grieving’; ‘often