CCA’s work with UCSF Institute on Health and Aging on our IHSS+ ADRD Training Project was published in the Journal of Applied Gerontology. Using pre-and post-training surveys, the research team, led by Assistant Professor Jarmin Yeh, measured increases in the participating caregivers’ knowledge and self-efficacy, as well as distress and depression among the caregivers. Co-authored by CCA team members, this paper adds to existing literature that new educational training models that use online and remote strategies can enhance IHSS caregivers’ dementia knowledge and skills to work with consumers living with ADRD.
The research team found “promising signs that online training can bolster the capacity of IHSS caregivers to better support their consumers living with ADRD or cognitive impairment. Dementia knowledge and self-efficacy significantly increased at post-training, with trends suggesting retention at 3-month follow-up.”