Objective: Research has shown that aging services technologies (ASTs) can reduce caregiver burden. However, ASTs have been underutilized due to a lack of awareness and resources regarding their costs, functionalities, and benefits. This study aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of a video-based intervention for caregivers. Method: Thirty-eight caregivers completed questionnaires before (T1) and after (T2) viewing videos that discussed aids for memory, medication management, and daily living. AST-related knowledge, attitude, and stigma were assessed at T1 and T2. Program satisfaction was evaluated at post-test. Results: A majority of the participants were female (69%). Most caregivers indicated that their care-receivers had functional limitations secondary to medical conditions (82%). Remembering and managing medications, exercising and completing housework, and high fall risk were the highest ranked challenges by caregivers that their care-receiver faced. The biggest group of caregivers lived with their care-receivers (39%). Wilcoxon Signed Ranks tests showed caregivers were more accurate when asked to provide labels for AST tools at post-test (Mdn = 10) compared to pretest (Mdn = 6, p < .001). Caregivers also self-reported increased AST-related knowledge (T1 Mdn = 3.2, T2 Mdn = 4.4; p < .001) and reduced AST-related stigma (T1 Mdn = 3.6, T2 Mdn = 4.00; p = .041) post-intervention. Participants endorsed comparable levels of highly positive AST attitude pre- and post-intervention (T1 Mdn = 4.83, T2 Mdn = 4.83; p < .05). Overall, most participants felt the intervention was helpful (82%). Conclusion: The preliminary study findings suggest that the intervention was beneficial to caregivers and may have clinical and educational implications.
Increasing Aging Services Technologies Awareness Through a Video-Based Intervention for Caregivers
M Shipman, J Tam, H Kim, M Schmitter-Edgecombe; A-13
Increasing Aging Services Technologies Awareness Through a Video-Based Intervention for Caregivers. Arch Clin Neuropsychol 2016; 31 (6): 588. doi: 10.1093/arclin/acw043.13
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