Couples Coping With Alzheimer's Disease

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Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified September 2007 by National Institute on Aging (NIA).
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
First Posted : February 22, 2007
Last Update Posted : September 20, 2007
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National Institute on Aging (NIA)

February 21, 2007
February 22, 2007
September 20, 2007
November 2004
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  • Changes in dyadic (couple) adjustment
  • depression
Same as current
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  • Level of anxiety
  • satisfaction with social support
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Couples Coping With Alzheimer's Disease
A Randomized Control Trial of an Intervention for Couples Coping With Alzheimer's Disease
The purpose of this study is to test the efficacy of a new couples counseling intervention for people recently diagnosed with early Alzheimer's disease and their spouses. The study hypothesis is that counseling the couple shortly after the diagnosis, and while the functional impact of the illness is still relatively mild, will have a significant impact on their ability to provide support for each other.

The majority of people with Alzheimer's disease (AD) live at home with their spouses. AD erodes the ability of each member of the couple to support each other. Moreover, couples may be unaccustomed to seeking or accepting emotional and practical support from family members or formal resources. Even though AD can have a major negative impact on each member of the couple and on their relationship, their needs have generally been addressed separately, often without sufficient appreciation for the importance of their ongoing relationship. Previous studies suggest that by improving support for both members of the couple, the intervention will have a positive effect on mental health outcomes such as depression and help keep the person with AD at home rather than in a long-term care facility.

One hundred couples will be randomly assigned either to an immediate treatment group or a wait-list control group which will receive treatment four months after enrollment. Participants will receive a formal baseline assessment, consisting of a structured set of questionnaires to assess dyadic (couple) adjustment, social support, depression and anxiety as well as goals for counseling. There will be two follow-up assessments, 2 and 4 months after baseline using the same instruments. All participants will be able to call a counselor for the duration of the study to obtain resource and referral information or in the event of a crisis. The treatment will consist of 6 sessions of couples counseling within a 2-month period. The focus will be on helping each member of the couple to express feelings, needs and issues that have emerged between them as a result of the diagnosis.

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Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
  • Aging
  • Alzheimer Disease
  • Dementia
Behavioral: Information, counseling and support
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Same as current
November 2007
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Inclusion Criteria:

  • Couples, in which one partner has been diagnosed with AD and is in the mild stage of the disease
  • Ages 21 to 90

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Severe psychological or physical illness
  • Unwillingness to participate in all aspects of the study
Sexes Eligible for Study: All
21 Years to 90 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
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United States
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Alzheimer's Association
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Principal Investigator: Mary S. Mittelman, DrPH NYU School of Medicine
National Institute on Aging (NIA)
September 2007

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