Andi Celine Martin is a student at Dalhousie who is pursuing her Master’s of Science in Kinesiology. She is working on a study that focuses exclusively on caregivers who directly support someone undergoing cancer treatments. She cites a 2008 study published in the Journal of Aging and Health that says caregivers experience the same amount of, if not more, psychological distress than the cancer survivor they support. Many things contribute to this stress, including the caregiver’s ability to take care of their own health.
Martin has set up a yoga class to see whether physical activity, which has been proven to have a positive effect on mental health, will help the caregivers in her study. The participants in her study range in age from 25 to 64 and since most of them have no experience, Martin says she will start out easy.
To learn more about her study you can read the full story at http://thecommoner.kingsjournalism.com/?p=22481