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Volunteers sought for study on stress levels among dementia caregivers

It’s hoped the study will lead to new ways to improve quality of life for both the carer and the sufferer.

RESEARCHERS ARE LOOKING to recruit 300 people for a study on stress levels among those caring for a spouse or partner suffering from dementia.

The three-year project is being being undertaken by Trinity College’s Institute for Neuroscience. The ‘De-Stress’ study will look at the stress levels and cognitive functions of dementia caregivers.

It’s hoped the findings will lead to new ways to improve quality of life for both the carer and the sufferer.

Informal caregivers over the age of 50 who provide care for their spouse or partner at home are eligible to take part in the study, which is part funded by the Alzheimer Society of Ireland.

“You can’t treat the person with dementia without taking the caregiver into consideration,” Trinity Professor Brian Lawlor said.

“Ultimately, we want to improve the quality of life of the person with dementia and their caregiver, allowing the person with dementia to be able to stay at home with a good quality of life for as long as possible.”

There are currently almost 42,00 people in Ireland with dementia. Of that number, over 26,000 live at home.

Anyone seeking more information, or who may be interested in taking part in the study, is being asked to contact project coordinator Dr Maria Pertl.

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