Components and Outcomes of Internet-Based Interventions for Caregivers of Older Adults:Systematic Review

Cassioppée Guay, MScOT et al
Description / Summary

This review looks at:

  • Caregivers for older adults deal with physical and emotional stress, which puts them at a high risk for depression and anxiety.
  • Internet-based interventions are often used to offer services such as online counselling, self-help education, and professional feedback. 

What the reviewers found:

  • Interactive online activities and exercises, along with the offering of remote support (by professionals or peers) was beneficial to caregivers.
  • Offering timely access to health professionals online to obtain advice helped improve behaviours and reduced anxiety among caregivers of older adults. 
  • Studies showed that emotional support provided by peers was a strong reason for using internet-based interventions.

Conclusion of review:

  • Evidence suggests that internet-based interventions that offer timely professional advice and peer support can improve the mental well-being of caregivers.
  • The most beneficial interventions helped change behaviours through interactive online activities such as homework and exercise.