Semester of Graduation
First Major Professor
Dr. Elizabeth Stegemoller
Master of Science (MS)
Complex neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease are highly prevalent in the United States. In effect, the number of spousal caregivers is climbing along with the multifaceted negative health consequences these support persons face while providing care. The literature reviewed examines the impact dimensions of religiosity (organizational, non-organizational, and intrinsic) have on caregiver wellbeing.
The purpose of this creative component was to communicate activities associated with caregiving and share the stories of three caregivers’ quest in coping with negative health effects by means of religious endeavors. The three stories are communicated through a short video documentary to spread awareness to the general public and future caregivers. The interviews uncover the tasks, progression of care, lived stories, and religious perspective of three spousal caregivers.
Woods, Gabrielle, "Religious self-care strategies of caregivers supporting individuals with neurodegenerative diseases" (2020). Creative Components. 564.