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Strategies for relatives – a UCL research study

The Strategies for Relatives study tested an intervention to reduce anxiety and depression in people caring for someone with dementia.

Watch Prof Gill Livingston describe the START (STrAtegies for RelaTives) programme and her research into carer depression and anxiety.

In the video you’ll learn about three categories of coping strategies:
1. Problem Solving
2. Emotion Focused
3. Dysfunctional

You’ll hear how Prof Livingston’s research identified that emotion-focused strategies were most effective, and how an intervention was developed using this knowledge to help carers cope with being carers of people with dementia.

How can you access START?

The best thing to do is to ask your local Trust if it provides START for relatives – you can point out that it is an evidence-based intervention and it fulfills NICE guidelines to offer support to carers of people with dementia. Members of the research team offer training and there are resources and contact details on the link below this article, so feel free to share the link with your local GP or memory service to make them aware of the programme.

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