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J Gerontol Nurs. 2013 Nov;39(11):7-10. doi: 10.3928/00989134-20130916-06. Epub 2013 Sep 24.

Therapeutic interactions to enhance the mental health and wellness of dementia caregivers and patients.

Abstract

Individuals with dementia and their family caregivers have higher rates of stress and mental health concerns than the general population. Gerontological nurses have unique and valuable opportunities to conduct therapeutic interactions that support the mental health and well-being of patients and family members. Information regarding dementia patient and family caregiver stressors are presented, followed by engaging strategies for opening therapeutic conversations about these topics. Ways in which gerontological nurses can facilitate coping skills and strengths identification are also outlined.

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