The Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer's Caregiver Health (REACH): Project design and baseline characteristics

Stephen R. Wisniewski, Steven H. Belle, Susan M. Marcus, Louis D. Burgio, David W. Coon, Marcia G. Ory, Robert Burns, Richard Schulz

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Abstract

The Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer's Cargiver Health (REACH) project was designed to test promising interventions for enhancing family caregiving for persons with dementia. The purpose of this article is to describe the research design, interventions, and outcome measures used in REACH and to characterize the sample recruited for the study. Nine interventions and 2 control conditions were implemented at 6 sites; 1,222 dyads were randomly assigned to an intervention or a control condition. The caregiver sample was 18.6% male with an average age of 62.3 years (56% Caucasian, 24% Black, and 19% Hispanic). Caregivers reported high levels of depressive symptoms and moderate burden. Care recipients were older, with a mean age of 79, and were moderately to severely impaired with mean Mini-Mental State Exam scores of 13/30.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)375-384
Number of pages10
JournalPsychology and aging
Volume18
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Aging
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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    Wisniewski, S. R., Belle, S. H., Marcus, S. M., Burgio, L. D., Coon, D. W., Ory, M. G., Burns, R., & Schulz, R. (2003). The Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer's Caregiver Health (REACH): Project design and baseline characteristics. Psychology and aging, 18(3), 375-384. https://doi.org/10.1037/0882-7974.18.3.375