– wACTS2 Telehealth –
Department – Behavioral Science and Social Medicine (Undergraduate Student) –
Research Field – Telehealth and Psychological Intervention–
How image was captured – DSLR –
Research Impact & Significance – Over 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease or closely related conditions. Alzheimer’s disease is also most prevalent in the African American population. We have recognized that caregivers of loved ones with dementia are at a higher risk of mental health difficulties, particularly depression, induced by stress. Treatment of depression in the African-American dementia caregiver population has been hindered by sociocultural and economic barriers. Although cognitive-behavioral intervention has been shown to reduce depression in distressed dementia caregivers, most African American caregivers have had limited access to this treatment approach. For example, the caregivers do not have adequate transportation to their treatments. They either have to depend on a friend or the city bus which can also induce stress in addition to their caregiving daily activities. Therefore, our cognitive-based intervention is led through the telephon! e, also known as telehealth. Depression-reduction interventions for African-American dementia caregivers are shared over the telephone, which helps the participants to break through the economic barriers and to receive the care that they need. To give care to others is to consider the needs of the individual and to tailor the care towards them and telehealth is a way to conform to the caregivers lifestyle. Telehealth is a field that is not well known to the general population. However, the beauty behind it is that it allows us to have an alternative delivery style for healthcare to underserved populations.