Research: WAELDE and colleagues,

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WAELDE and colleagues, Pacifica Graduate School of Psychology, Palo Alto, CA 94303, USA, have carried out a pilot study of yoga and meditation for stress reduction in dementia caregivers


Caring for relatives with dementia is a very stressful life. This study aimed to investigate yoga and meditation as a stress-reducing measure.


12 older women who care for a relative with dementia participated in this 6-session yoga and meditation programme.


Depression, anxiety and perceived self-efficacy were significantly improved at the end of the programme. Average time spent daily in yoga practice was significantly correlated with improvements in depression scores. The majority of the participants found the intervention useful and reported significant improvements in physical and emotional functioning.


These findings suggest that this simple yoga and meditation programme may be a useful intervention for family caregivers and may improve affect, coping, physical wellbeing and stress management.


Waelde LC, Thompson L, Gallagher-Thompson D. A pilot study of yoga and meditation intervention for dementia caregiver stress. Journal of clinical Psychology 60 (6): 677-687, Jun 2004.

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