University Study Finds Caregivers of Spouses with Dementia Report Less Enjoyment, Hope

Kathryn Betts AdamsSpouses of husbands and wives with dementia pay an emotional toll as they care for their ailing spouse. This has prompted a call for new interventions and strategies to assist caregivers in coping with the demands of this difficult time, according to a study from Case Western Reserve University's Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences.

Kathryn Betts Adams, assistant professor of social work at the Mandel School, analyzed data from spouse caregivers and compared their responses to non-caregivers to determine which symptoms were common among those caring for a spouse with dementia.

After factoring out age, gender, education and income levels and race, some 25 percent of caregivers suffered from depression in contrast to only 5 percent of non-caregivers studied. The caregivers were most notably different from the non-caregivers in their lack of positive emotions such as happiness or hopefulness.

Adams added that caregivers also report sadness and loneliness. Read more.

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New Presidents or Provosts: Case Western Reserve U., Norfolk State U., Truett-McConnell College, United Arab Emirates U., U. of the District of Columbia

Inside Higher Ed, August 15, 2008
William A. (Bud) Baeslack III, dean of the College of Engineering and executive dean of the professional colleges at Ohio State University, has been appointed as provost and executive vice president at Case Western Reserve University.

After the Games, Tibet

The New York Times, August 14, 2008
This opinion piece notes that Chinese leadership and the Tibetan government in exile have discussed a possible visit by the Dalai Lama to China. Melvyn Goldstein, a prominent historian of modern Tibet and a professor at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Family gives $22.6 million to University Hospitals

Cleveland Live, August 15, 2008
Plans for a recent gift to University Hospitals include recruiting top faculty and researchers at Case Western Reserve University's School of Medicine.

Don't Expect Entrepreneur Programs to Spur Local Growth

The Wall Street Journal Blogs, August 15, 2008
Case Western Reserve University entrepreneurship professor Scott Shane says schools are misguided to think adding an entrepreneurship program or major will lead to more businesses in their communities.

New study finds caregivers of spouses with dementia enjoy life less

Psychorg, August 12, 2008
Spouses of husbands and wives with dementia pay an emotional toll as they care for their ailing spouse, according to findings from a Case Western Reserve University research study published in the Journal of International Psychogeriatrics.

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The Plain Dealer, August 15, 2008
CHEERS . . . to the Case Western Reserve University engineering students and faculty who are developing a lawn-mowing robot.

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Ethical Problems Plague Stem-Cell Study

The Chronicle of Higher Education News Blog, August 14, 2008
Researchers at the Medical Institute of Innsbruck, in Austria, flouted ethical and scientific procedures in a clinical trial testing the use of stem cells to treat urinary incontinence.

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