Osher Center researcher Judy Moskowitz, PhD, is a co-PI along with Glenna Dowling, PhD, of UCSF School of Nursing of a new five-year grant from the National Institute of Health’s National Institute of Nursing Research, called “Life Enhancing Activities for Family Caregivers of People with Dementia” (LEAF).
As the number of people diagnosed with dementia is expected to exceed 11 million by 2050, there is a growing need for interventions that can effectively buffer these negative psychological and physical consequences in informal caregivers. This clinical trial will test a positive emotion skill-building program designed to improve psychological well-being (positive and negative affect, stress, burden, strain, mood) and coping. The LEAF one-hour training sessions will be conducted weekly for 5 weeks by a trained facilitator. The skills include: noticing and capitalizing on positive events, gratitude, mindfulness, positive reappraisal, personal strengths, and acts of kindness. The intervention will be delivered via video conference, which vastly increases the accessibility for caregivers.