Meditation and imagery therapy as intervention for dementia caregivers

Jain, F. A., Nazarian, N., & Lavretsky, H. (2014). Feasibility of Central Meditation and Imagery Therapy for dementia caregivers. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. Online Version of Record published before inclusion in an issue.

Excerpts from the Abstract: Family dementia caregivers are at high risk of depression and burnout. We assessed the feasibility of Central Meditation and Imagery Therapy for Caregivers (CMIT-C), a novel 8-week group meditation and guided imagery group therapy program, for dementia caregivers reporting stress because of caregiving responsibilities. Ten participants completed the study. Anxiety, depression, and insomnia symptoms decreased, and mindfulness ratings improved with large effects.

CMIT-C is a feasible intervention for dementia caregivers. Results suggest that this therapeutic technique can reduce symptoms of anxiety, depression, and insomnia, and increase levels of mindfulness. Early response to meditation practice predicted those with the greatest short-term benefits, and this may inform future studies of meditation. Larger controlled efficacy studies of CMIT-C for dementia caregivers are warranted.


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