2012 summer caregiver conference -spirituality, faith, & caregiving--08.11.2012

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Overview of research on spirituality, faith, and caregiving as well as practical techniques for caregivers to integrate into their daily lives to promote health and well-being.

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2012 summer caregiver conference -spirituality, faith, & caregiving--08.11.2012

  1. 1. Spirituality, Faith, and Caregiving Jocelyn Shealy McGee, MGS, PhD Assistant Professor Director of Education Director of Patient & Family ServicesAlzheimer’s Disease and Memory Disorders Center Department of Neurology Baylor College of Medicine J. S. McGee - August 2012 1
  2. 2. Overview of Presentation• What is spirituality?• What are some relevant research findings on spirituality, faith, and health?• How can spirituality and faith be integrated into the daily lives of caregivers and those they provide care for? J. S. McGee - August 2012 2
  3. 3. What is Spirituality? J. S. McGee - August 2012 3
  4. 4. Spirituality: The Sacred Domain Work Community Wisdom Sacred Ring Music Virtues Place Meaning God Divine Spirit Movement Time Sacred Core Transcendent Friends Family Grace Beauty Relationships Nature Purpose Adapted with permission from Pargament, 2007 J. S. McGee - August 2012 4
  5. 5. Why study spirituality?• It can be part of the solution.• It can be part of the problem.• People want spiritually sensitive care.• Spiritually sensitive care is ethical care (APA). J. S. McGee - August 2012 5
  6. 6. We can study…the footprints of the sacred J. S. McGee - August 2012 6
  7. 7. Spirituality, Faith, & Diversity J. S. McGee - August 2012 7
  8. 8. Spirituality, Faith, and Health: Some Research Findings J. S. McGee - August 2012 8
  9. 9. The role of spirituality and faith have been studied across the lifespan in people who have a variety of health related problems……• Anxiety disorders• Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias• Cancer• Caregivers• Cystic fibrosis• Depression• Heart problems• HIV• Substance abuse• Surgical patients J. S. McGee - August 2012 9
  10. 10. In general, higher levels of spirituality and faith have been linked to……• Increased longevity• Lower mortality• Quicker recovery time• More favorable immune profile• Better cognitive aging• Lower rates of depression• Increased coping• Reduced stress• Enhanced quality of life and well-being J. S. McGee - August 2012 10
  11. 11. For family caregivers, spirituality and faith have been linked to……• Better communication/relationship with their loved one• Less perceived burden in their caregiving role• Greater satisfaction in their caregiving role• Higher Self-esteem• Increased well-being• Greater life-satisfaction J. S. McGee - August 2012 11
  12. 12. For family caregivers, spirituality and faith have been linked to……• Improved mental health• Less depression• More positive emotional state over time• More positive self-perceptions of health• Fewer doctor’s visits• Less perceived need for social support J. S. McGee - August 2012 12
  13. 13. Integrating Spirituality & Faith Into Daily Life J. S. McGee - August 2012 13
  14. 14. Getting Started-Things to Ask Yourself and your Loved One• What is your spiritual/faith orientation?• What are some of the current spiritual/religious activities that you enjoy?• What are some of the spiritual/religious activities that you enjoyed in the past?• Are there any spiritual/religious activities that you don’t like?• What are some of the spiritual/faith-based activities that you did frequently in the past (either together or separately)?• Do you still have spiritual/faith-based books, possessions, or icons that hold personal meaning? J. S. McGee - August 2012 14
  15. 15. Spiritual/Religious Resources• Community – Spiritual/religious congregations or groups – Spiritual/religious leaders – Spiritual/religious services, retreats, or events• Personal – Spiritual/religious beliefs – Spiritual/religious attitudes – Spiritual/religious behaviors/practices J. S. McGee - August 2012 15
  16. 16. Spiritual Practices for Caregivers• Recognizing the sacred in everything• Prayer• Meditation• Listening to sacred music• Reading spiritual/religious writings• Writing gratitude letters• Counting ones blessings J. S. McGee - August 2012 16
  17. 17. Spiritual Practices for Caregivers• Performing acts of kindness and service• Practicing forgiveness of self and others• Giving yourself and your loved one spiritually- oriented positive affirmations• Participating in well-loved religious rituals• Practicing spiritually-oriented guided imagery J. S. McGee - August 2012 17
  18. 18. ConclusionCaregiving itself can be viewed as a spiritual practice…What you do to provide care for you loved one each day is sacred… J. S. McGee - August 2012 18
  19. 19. Study on Spirituality, Faith, Health, & Well-being• Who is eligible? – Family caregivers of people with dementia – Age 18 and older – Fluent in English• What is involved? – Filling out a questionnaire• Who is sponsoring the study? – Baylor College of Medicine, Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Disorders Center• Collaborators – Amazing Place Memory and Wellness Center – Baylor University – Interfaith Carepartners• For more information contact: Jocelyn Shealy McGee, MSG, PhD Tel: 713.798.7791 Email: jmcgee@bcm.edu J. S. McGee - August 2012 19
  20. 20. NatureJ. S. McGee - August 2012 20
  21. 21. Rhythm and Sound J. S. McGee - August 2012 21
  22. 22. Shelling Peas J. S. McGee - August 2012 22
  23. 23. Baking Bread J. S. McGee - August 2012 23
  24. 24. The Human-Animal Bond J. S. McGee - August 2012 24
  25. 25. The Human-Animal Bond J. S. McGee - August 2012 25
  26. 26. Relationship J. S. McGee - August 2012 26
  27. 27. Community J. S. McGee - August 2012 27
  28. 28. WorshipJ. S. McGee - August 2012 28
  29. 29. Study on Spirituality, Faith, Health, & Well-being• Who is eligible? – Family caregivers of people with dementia – Age 18 and older – Fluent in English• What is involved? – Filling out a questionnaire• Who is sponsoring the study? – Baylor College of Medicine, Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Disorders Center• Collaborators – Amazing Place Memory and Wellness Center – Baylor University – Interfaith Carepartners• For more information contact: Jocelyn Shealy McGee, MSG, PhD Tel: 713.798.7791 Email: jmcgee@bcm.edu J. S. McGee - August 2012 29

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