Teaching happiness to dementia caregivers reduces their depression, anxiety

Caring for family members with dementia – which is on the rise in the US – causes significant emotional and physical stress that increases caregivers’ risk of depression, anxiety and death. A new method of coping with that stress by teaching people how to focus on positive emotions reduced their anxiety and depression after six weeks, reports a new national study. It also resulted in better self-reported physical health and positive attitudes toward caregiving.