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Title: A Yoga and Compassion Meditation Program Reduces Stress in Familial Caregivers of Alzheimer's Disease Patients
Authors: Danucalov, Marcello Arias Dias [UNIFESP]
Kozasa, E. H. [UNIFESP]
Ribas, K. T.
Galduroz, J. C. F. [UNIFESP]
Garcia, M. C. [UNIFESP]
Verreschi, I. T. N. [UNIFESP]
Oliveira, K. C. [UNIFESP]
Romani de Oliveira, L. [UNIFESP]
Leite, J. R. [UNIFESP]
Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)
Inst Appana Mind Desenvolvimento Humano
Hosp Israelita Albert Einstein
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2013
Publisher: Hindawi Publishing Corporation
Citation: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. New York: Hindawi Publishing Corporation, 8 p., 2013.
Abstract: Familial caregivers of patients with Alzheimer's disease exhibit reduced quality of life and increased stress levels. the aim of this study was to investigate the effects of an 8-week yoga and compassion meditation program on the perceived stress, anxiety, depression, and salivary cortisol levels in familial caregivers. A total of 46 volunteers were randomly assigned to participate in a stress-reduction program for a 2-month period (yoga and compassion meditation program-YCMP group) (n = 25) or an untreated group for the same period of time (control group) (n = 21). the levels of stress, anxiety, depression, and morning salivary cortisol of the participants were measured before and after intervention. the groups were initially homogeneous; however, after intervention, the groups diverged significantly. the YCMP group exhibited a reduction of the stress (P < 0.05), anxiety (P < 0.000001), and depression (P < 0.00001) levels, as well as a reduction in the concentration of salivary cortisol (P < 0.05). Our study suggests that an 8-week yoga and compassion meditation program may offer an effective intervention for reducing perceived stress, anxiety, depression, and salivary cortisol in familial caregivers.
ISSN: 1741-427X
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