A sympathetic ear for caring relatives

Psychologist Sophie Geßner from the ’Open Ear’ project offers advice
Psychologist Sophie Geßner from the ’Open Ear’ project offers advice by phone. Image: Nicole Nerger/Universität Jena
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Caring for a person with dementia can literally become a life task. In Germany, the vast majority of people with dementia are looked after and cared for by their relatives at home. This accounts for around 85 per cent of care services. These relatives face a daunting task that is difficult to cope with; a task in which many are left to their own devices. "We would like to offer support to caring relatives," says Sophie Geßner from the Department of Clinical-Psychological Intervention at Friedrich Schiller University Jena. Under the direction of Gabriele Wilz, the staff of the Department of Clinical-Psychological Intervention have designed the "Open Ear" project, which is now being launched. ...
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