The Finding Ease in Caregiving Project lays the foundation for a unique interprofessional collaboration delivered by multiple professions including a musician, case manager, two nurses and a socio-environmental gerontologist. This novel intervention highlights the critical role of interprofessional teams working together to develop multifaceted patient-centered strategies to improve health outcomes.
One in ten Americans over age sixty-five has Alzheimer’s Disease or a related dementia (ADRD)- over five million individuals. While many caregiver’s express satisfaction in their role, they also face high rates of burnout, stress, and adverse health outcomes. Critically, there is also a need to develop interventions that can be completed where the caregiver is and that can lead to meaningful behavior change.
The Finding Ease in Caregiving Project was developed to assess the feasibility of an improv-based group intervention grounded in the Primal Alexander™ approach. The improvisation strategy was used to assist in developing self-efficacy to alter adverse behaviors and integrate mind-body awareness with creative problem-solving for caregivers of individuals with mild-to-moderate dementia, Alzheimer’s and other chronic illnesses. The intervention was developed to be specifically delivered online, reducing the burden on the caregiver.
Participants in this Lightning Talk will learn:
1. the advantages of having an interprofessional collaborative approach when working with caregivers;
2. about the development of future interventions for caregivers and demonstrate the ability to affect for change for caregivers through online-delivery methods; and
3. about an approach that facilitates getting out of our own way, making things easier, less stressful.
In support of improving patient care, this activity is planned and implemented by The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education Office of Interprofessional Continuing Professional Development (OICPD). The OICPD is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credit for learning and change.
Physicians: The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education designates this live activity for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.
Physician Assistants: The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME.
Nurses: Participants will be awarded contact hours of credit for attendance at this workshop.
Nurse Practitioners: The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.
Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians: This activity is approved for contact hours.
IPCE: This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credits for learning and change