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Surviving and Thriving: Qualitative Results from a Multi-Year, Multidimensional Intervention to Promote Well-Being among Caregivers of Adults with Dementia

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Department of Communication Studies, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523, USA
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Department of Sociology, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523, USA
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Department of Psychology, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523, USA
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Academic Editors: Mercedes Guilabert Mora, Virtudes Pérez-Jover, Irene Carrillo Murcia and Paul B. Tchounwou
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(9), 4755; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18094755
Received: 23 February 2021 / Revised: 23 April 2021 / Accepted: 27 April 2021 / Published: 29 April 2021
(1) Introduction: Caring for an adult with dementia is both challenging and rewarding. Research indicates that community-based, social support, and/or arts engagement interventions can play a key role in ameliorating the negative outcomes associated with caregiving while enhancing its more positive attributes. This study explores the psychosocial outcomes experienced by dementia caregivers who participated in a multi-year, multidimensional intervention aimed at promoting caregiver and care recipient well-being. This intervention included bringing caregivers and people with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias (ADRD) to local symphony performances, hosting a social reception prior to the performance, and assessing the outcomes of participation for both caregiver and the care recipient. (2) Materials, Methods, and Analysis: Qualitative data from participant phone interviews (n = 55) as well as focus groups are analyzed using thematic analysis from a phenomenological perspective. (3) Results: Across three years of participation, caregivers reported three main program benefits: relationship building (both with other participants as well as within the broader community); restored humanity (experiencing a greater sense of personal dignity and momentary return to normalcy), and positivity (experiencing positive emotions during the program). (4) Discussion: These findings point to the value of creating caregiver programming that brings together multiple dimensions of successful interventions in order to enhance caregiver experiences and positive intervention outcomes. View Full-Text
Keywords: caregiving; dementia; psychosocial interventions; longitudinal interventions; arts engagement; social support caregiving; dementia; psychosocial interventions; longitudinal interventions; arts engagement; social support
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Faw, M.H.; Luxton, I.; Cross, J.E.; Davalos, D. Surviving and Thriving: Qualitative Results from a Multi-Year, Multidimensional Intervention to Promote Well-Being among Caregivers of Adults with Dementia. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 4755. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18094755

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Faw MH, Luxton I, Cross JE, Davalos D. Surviving and Thriving: Qualitative Results from a Multi-Year, Multidimensional Intervention to Promote Well-Being among Caregivers of Adults with Dementia. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(9):4755. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18094755

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Faw, Meara H., India Luxton, Jennifer E. Cross, and Deana Davalos. 2021. "Surviving and Thriving: Qualitative Results from a Multi-Year, Multidimensional Intervention to Promote Well-Being among Caregivers of Adults with Dementia" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 9: 4755. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18094755

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