FEATURE TOPIC: TREATING BEHAVIORAL SYMPTOMSSTAR-Caregivers A Community-based Approach for Teaching Family Caregivers to Use Behavioral Strategies to Reduce Affective Disturbances in Persons With DementiaLOGSDON, REBECCA G. PHD; McCURRY, SUSAN M. PHD; TERI, LINDA PHD Author Information Rebecca G. Logsdon, PhD, is a research associate professor in the Department of Psychosocial and Community Health, University of Washington School of Nursing, Seattle, Washington. She is a clinical psychologist specializing in gerontology. Her research focuses on assessment and implementation of behavioral interventions to improve quality of life for individuals with dementia and their caregivers. Susan M. McCurry, PhD, is a research associate professor in the Department of Psychosocial and Community Health, University of Washington School of Nursing, Seattle, Washington. She is a clinical psychologist specializing in gerontology. Her research focuses on training caregivers to use behavioral interventions to reduce sleep disturbances and associated behavior problems in individuals with dementia. Linda Teri, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Psychosocial and Community Health, and adjunct professor in the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry & Behavioral Science at the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington. She has authored more than 250 professional publications, and coauthored 5 books, including 3 in geropsychology. Her research focuses on behavioral treatment of depression and agitation in individuals with dementia. Address correspondence to: Rebecca G. Logsdon, PhD, University of Washington, 9709 3rd Ave, NE, Suite 507, Seattle, WA 98115. E-mail: [email protected]. This study was supported by an Alzheimer's Association Pioneer Grant (P10-1999-1800) to L. Teri. We gratefully acknowledge the contributions of our project staff, interventionists, and interviewers, including Amy Moore, MS, Alicia Korkowski, MS, Maureen Brinck-Lund, MS, Darrell Thomas, MS, Lynn Fitz-Hugh, MS, Julie Cleveland, BA, Katie Carter, BA, and Joanne Webb, BA. Portions of this article were presented at the Gerontological Society of America 56th Annual Meeting, November 21–25, 2003, San Diego, Calif. Alzheimer's Care Quarterly: April 2005 - Volume 6 - Issue 2 - p 146-153 Buy Abstract The STAR-Caregivers program is a behavioral intervention to decrease depression and anxiety in individuals with Alzheimer's disease and their family caregivers. It consists of 8 weekly in-home sessions followed by 4 monthly telephone calls. Community-based mental health practitioners were trained to conduct the systematic and standardized STAR-Caregivers program, and deliver it to family members who were caring for a relative with dementia at home. This article describes the STAR-Caregivers program and presents illustrative case studies to demonstrate that master's-level practitioners in a community setting can effectively deliver behavioral interventions. ©2005Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.