Rates of anxiety and depression are especially high in women with family healthcare stressors. Much of our lab's focus is on women who care for aging family members and friends, including those living with fatal neurological disorders such as Alzheimer's Disease. For more information about the Alzheimer's epidemic, watch this short video.
Our interventions for caregivers use cognitive behavioral strategies to promote well-being and functioning (Steffen, Gant & Gallagher-Thompson 2008.pdf). We are currently funded (2013-2015) by the UM-St. Louis Express Scripts Research Program to develop and test an online health education intervention for "sandwich generation" women, examining impacts on healthcare utilization, medication management, caregiving self-efficacy and psychosocial functioning.
We also examine factors that influence community services for older adults and their families. For a brief summary of our research on dementia family support groups, go to: http://www.dugdug.com/dr-ann-steffen-predicting-dementia-support-attendance
For an overview of how lifespan developmental theory frames our approaches to caregiving issues, click here to listen to Dr. Steffen's (2008) presentation to the St. Louis Ethical Society.