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Ages Eligible for Study:
21 Years and older (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:
NINCDS-ADRDA diagnosis[physician generated of dementia or mini-mental state examination score of less than or equal to 23;3] Able to feel self; and participates in at least 2 other activities of daily living[ADLs-Bathing, Dressing, Grooming, Toileting, Transferring from bed to chair] As reported by caregiver.
Family member 21 years of age or older [male or female]
Lives with Care Recipient
Has telephone in the home
Plans to live in area for 8 months
Indicated willingness to learn new approaches by which to engage care recipient in meaningful activities
Provides 4 or more hours a day directly caring or providing for care recipient
Has Schizophrenia or Bi-Polar Disorder
Their Dementia is secondary to probable head trauma
Their MMSE score is equal to zero and they are bed bound, defined as confinement to bed or chair for at least 22 hours a day for at least 4 of 7 days
They are not responsive to their environment
Are currently involved in another clinical trial of psycho-social or educational interventions for caregivers
Are planning to place their family member in a nursing home within the next 8 months. Also, the care recipient/caregiver dyad will be excluded if either caregiver or care recipient: 1) has a terminal illness with life expectancy less than 8 months 2)is in active treatment for cancer or 3) has had greater than 3 acute medical hospitalizations within the past year.