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Acceptability and feasibility results of a strength-based skills training program for dementia caregiving dyads


Judge, Katherine S., Yarry, Sarah J., Orsulic-Jeras, Silvia


The Gerontologist, Volume: 50, No.: 3, Pages.: 408-417

Year of Publication



Purpose: The current article provides an in-depth description of a dyadic intervention for individuals with dementia and their family caregivers. Using a strength-based approach, caregiving dyads received skills training across 5 key areas: (a) education regarding dementia and memory loss, (b) effective communication, (c) managing memory loss, (d) staying active, and (e) recognizing emotions and behaviors. Results of the acceptability and feasibility of the intervention protocols are also presented.; Design and Methods: Caregiving dyads were randomly assigned to participate in the intervention. Participants in the treatment condition were asked to complete a series of evaluation questions after each intervention session and an overall evaluation of the program. Data were also collected from the intervention specialists who implemented the protocols.; Results: Overall, the evaluation data indicated that the content and process of the intervention were viewed as highly acceptable and feasible by both participants and intervention specialists.; Implications: This article highlights the merit of using a strength-based approach for working with caregiving dyads with dementia and how a single intervention protocol can be used to address the goals of both care partners. Furthermore, the intervention program was found to be highly acceptable and feasible, which is an important aspect of developing dyadic protocols.;

Bibtex Citation

@article{Judge_2009, doi = {10.1093/geront/gnp138}, url = {}, year = 2009, month = {oct}, publisher = {Oxford University Press ({OUP})}, volume = {50}, number = {3}, pages = {408--417}, author = {K. S. Judge and S. J. Yarry and S. Orsulic-Jeras}, title = {Acceptability and Feasibility Results of a Strength-Based Skills Training Program for Dementia Caregiving Dyads}, journal = {The Gerontologist} }


acceptability, advice, aged, aged, 80 and over, caregivers, dementia, education, feasibility studies, female, humans, male, middle aged, nursing, ohio, program evaluation, standards

Countries of Study


Types of Dementia

Dementia (general / unspecified)

Types of Study

Case Control Study

Type of Outcomes


Type of Interventions

Intervention for Carers, Non-pharmacological Treatment

Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions


Carer Focussed Interventions

Training programmes / workshops including behavioural training