The Case for Exercise as a Therapeutic Modality for Home Caregivers of Dementia PatientsDaniel M Rosney1, Courtney E Miller1, Katherine T. O'Donnell2 and Peter J Horvath1*
- *Corresponding Author:
- Horvath PJ
Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
School of Public Health and Health Professions, 12 Sherman Hall
University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, USA
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: February 14, 2017; Accepted date: April 06, 2017; Published date: April 11, 2017
Citation: Rosney DM, Miller CE, O'Donnell KT, Horvath PJ (2017) The Case for Exercise as a Therapeutic Modality for Home Caregivers of Dementia Patients. J Aerobics Fitness 2:107.
Copyright: © 2017 Rosney DM , et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Background: The US healthcare system has become reliant upon family members to provide in-home care to ill relatives. Consequences from the stress of caregiving are well documented, with morbidity and mortality higher in caregivers of patients with dementia.
Purpose: Evaluate the potential for exercise as an intervention to improve the physical and psychological wellbeing of home-bound caregivers.
Aim: Identify exercise barriers to caregivers, investigate the effects of caregiver-specific exercise programs, and evaluate the viability of implementing such programs within the home.
Hypothesis: Caregivers of dementia patients may specifically benefit from interventions focused on fitness to improve strength and stamina while concomitantly ameliorating anxiety and depression. Moreover, the institutionalization of care recipients could potentially be delayed when cared for by more active and less despondent home providers.