Research Targets Ways to Reduce Family Caregiver Stress and Help Seniors

RICHMOND, Va., May 8, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Lift Caregiving and the VCU School of Allied Health Professions' Department of Gerontology announce the The Caregiver Insight Study, a collaborative research effort centering on family caregivers. The study will focus on identifying the information that, when available and presented in a helpful and accessible manner, will statistically improve overall feelings of caregiver self-efficacy while also decreasing feelings of stress and burden. 


Graduate students from the VCU Department of Gerontology, trained in modern research methods, will conduct focus groups, in-depth interviews and collect survey data on family caregivers. Results from the study will offer a unique contribution to the academic literature and will also provide practical application and advice on

"I am so excited about the study and am looking forward to incorporating the results of The Caregiver Insight Study into our site," said Katie Gilstrap, Co-Founder of Lift Caregiving. "Our partnership with the VCU Department of Gerontology is an exciting way to bring research and practical application together, so that collectively, we can help more family caregivers."

Dr. Ayn Welleford, MSG, PhD, Gerontologist, Chair & Associate Professor of the Department of Gerontology at VCU, said, "We are eager to explore this community identified need and incorporate the findings in order to advance knowledge to enhance quality of life for family caregivers. We are delighted to again partner with Lift Caregiving, offering a meaningful and practical way to advance the VCU's Department of Gerontology's mission of Improving Eldercare through Education."

The findings of the study are slated to be published in early 2014.

About Lift Caregiving

Lift Caregiving is a free website serving family caregivers, offering expert advice, proven products, helpful tools and a database of local and national service providers. Lift Caregiving was recently recognized as Best Caregiver Website by and was a finalist in the Virginia Healthcare Innovator Awards. For more information, visit, (@liftcaregiving) or

About the School of Allied Health Professions at Virginia Commonwealth University's Department of Gerontology

The Department of Gerontology, founded in 1976, became a part of the School of Allied Health Professions at Virginia Commonwealth University in January 1985. The department is well known for the quality and innovation of its programs and for the scholarship and applied expertise of its faculty. The Department of Gerontology offers a variety of degree programs based on an interdisciplinary approach using the bio-psycho-social model.

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