We are pleased to announce Family Caregiver Alliance’s continuing collaboration on applied research with the Margaret Blenkner Research Institute of Benjamin Rose in Cleveland. The research, which will benefit family caregivers and their loved ones, is funded by a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Mental Health grant of $967,000.
The grant supports a four-year longitudinal study that offers a unique opportunity to develop interventions to enhance the mental health of family caregivers of persons with dementia and other chronic health conditions.
As Co-Investigator on the study, Lynn Friss Feinberg, Deputy Director of FCA’s National Center on Caregiving, will continue her work with Principal Investigator Carol Whitlatch, Ph.D., Assistant Director of Benjamin Rose’s Margaret Blenkner Research Institute.
Begun in the late 1990s, the research includes multiple interviews with family caregivers and persons with cognitive impairment or other disorders as families move along the care continuum.
“The large and diverse sample of 562 caregivers and care receivers from Cleveland and the Bay Area will allow development of programs that address special needs and circumstances, throughout the caregiving career,” Lynn said.
“A main component of this study is the development and distribution of educational materials that translate research findings into helpful resources for use in practice settings,” added Dr. Whitlatch. The expected outcomes of this research include the development of support services designed to alleviate caregiver stress and enhance mental health and well-being.
For more information, see the article in the Spring 2004 issue of Update, or contact Lynn Friss Feinberg at Family Caregiver Alliance, (415) 434-3388.
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