A Yoga and Compassion Meditation Program Reduces Stress in Familial Caregivers of Alzheimer's Disease Patients

A Yoga and Compassion Meditation Program Reduces Stress in Familial Caregivers of Alzheimer's Disease Patients

Author Danucalov, Marcello Arias Dias Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Kozasa, E. H. Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Ribas, K. T. Google Scholar
Galduroz, J. C. F. Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Garcia, M. C. Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Verreschi, I. T. N. Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Oliveira, K. C. Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Romani de Oliveira, L. Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Leite, J. R. Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Institution Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)
Inst Appana Mind Desenvolvimento Humano
Hosp Israelita Albert Einstein
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.
Language English
Sponsor Associacao Fundo de Incentivo a Pesquisa-AFIP
Date 2013-01-01
Published in Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. New York: Hindawi Publishing Corporation, 8 p., 2013.
ISSN 1741-427X (Sherpa/Romeo, impact factor)
Publisher Hindawi Publishing Corporation
Extent 8
Origin http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/513149
Access rights Open access Open Access
Type Article
Web of Science ID WOS:000318098300001
URI http://repositorio.unifesp.br/handle/11600/35694

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