Those caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or other cognitive impairments may themselves experience anxiety and depression because of this overwhelming responsibility.
Rutgers researchers have found that mindfulness therapy, accessible through the Mindfulness Coach app, can help. The app offers education, guided meditation and mindfulness exercises. Study author Elissa Kozlov said the results were impressive.
“We have seen reductions in stress, reductions in depressive symptoms, reductions in anxiety and reductions in the burden on caregivers which is that feeling of being overwhelmed with all the responsibilities of care,” she said. .
The app was created by a team from the National Center for PTSD Research in the Department of Veterans Affairs to help veterinarians with post-traumatic stress disorder.
“Often times with anxiety or depression we are worried about the future or thinking about the past, but mindfulness therapy is really designed to get you to think in the present moment and engage in the here and the here. now, “Kozlov said. .
The app works, she said, by giving the user a bunch of different readings each week, along with exercises and assessments “to get you to gradually train your brain basically, to be more gear-oriented. here”.
She cautioned, however, that meditation is like training for a marathon – you’ll see results, but it takes time.