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For the most part, I’ve always been a “glass half full” person. Even during very trying times, I try to find the good in what’s happening, or at least contemplate what I can learn from the negative aspects of life. After reading about a study done by Utah State University, I realize that as a caregiver for multiple people, looking on the brighter side of life may have helped my care receivers, as well.

The study, published in the January 2013 issue of The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, found that employing higher levels of positive coping strategies, such as problem-focused coping, high social support and counting blessings, slowed decline in people with Alzheimer’s disease as measured by the Mini-Mental State Exams.

Read more about the University of Utah study and positive caregiving:

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