3508 Busse Bldg, Durham, NC 27710
Box 3600 Med Ctr, Durham, NC 27710
Lisa Gwyther, MSW, LCSW, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Co-Director for the Social Work Professional Unit. Ms. Gwyther (along with Co-Director William Meyer, MSW, LCSW) provide mentorship to the department’s social workers and communicates the needs of the department’s social workers to senior leadership.
Ms. Gwyther is approaching her fourth decade of service dedicated to help the increasing number of individuals and families living with Alzheimer's and related diseases. The focus of her work has been in the community as a representative of the Duke Center for Aging, the Bryan Alzheimer's Disease Research Center and the Duke Family support program. She has had continuous annual contracts from the NC DHHS Division of Aging since 1984, reaching families, health and social service professionals in communities throughout North Carolina. She is the founder and Director of the Duke Center for Aging’s Alzheimer’s Family Support Program, which was named “Agency of the Year” by the NC Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers in 1999.
Ms. Gwyther received her graduate training in social work at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. She has published over 144 articles, book chapters, and books on Alzheimer’s care and family caregiving research. She served on the U.S. federal advisory panel on Alzheimer’s disease for nine years. Ms. Gwyther was recognized in the 20th anniversary issue of Contemporary Long-Term Care as one of the 20 people who made a difference in U.S. long-term care during those twenty years. She was named a distinguished social work practitioner by the National Academies of Practice.
Ms. Gwyther is the co-author of The Alzheimer’s Action Plan: A Family Guide (2009), winner of two prestigious consumer health awards.
Most recently she was a member of The National Academies Committees on Cognitive Aging for the 2015 report: Cognitive Aging: Progress in Understanding and Opportunities for Action, and she co-chaired the NC Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Task Force of the NC Institute of Medicine and NC DHHS which issued a report and recommendations to the NC Legislature in April 2016.
Helping Dementia Caregivers Manage Medical Problems: Benefits of an Educational Resource.
Innovation in care for individuals with cognitive impairment: Can reimbursement policy spread best practices?
New or Worsening Symptoms and Signs in Community-Dwelling Persons with Dementia: Incidence and Relation to Use of Acute Medical Services.
Supporting Family Caregivers of Older Americans.
Age-Friendly Communities Initiative: Public Health Approach to Promoting Successful Aging.
Video-Based Coping Skills to Reduce Health Risk and Improve Psychological and Physical Well-Being in Alzheimer's Disease Family Caregivers (vol 72, pg 897, 2010)Read Full Text
Report on milestones for care and support under the U.S. National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease.
The Duke Employee Elder Care Consultation: Meeting employees where they areRead Full Text
LOOK & LUNCH: PARTNERSHIP BUILDS COMMUNITY ART EXPERIENCE FOR PEOPLE WITH DEMENTIA & CARE PARTNERSRead Full Text
PROVIDING GUIDANCE ON SYMPTOM MANAGEMENT TO CAREGIVERS OF PEOPLE WITH DEMENTIARead Full Text
“PEOPLE LIKE ME”: A CASE STUDY OF RESILIENCE IN AN EARLY-STAGE ALZHEIMER’S COMMUNITYRead Full Text
From evidence to practice: using the RE-AIM framework to adapt the REACHII caregiver intervention to the community.
BUILDING A WORKPLACE ELDERCARE PROGRAM RESPONSIVE TO CHALLENGES OF ADULT CHILDREN CAREGIVERSRead Full Text
Fidelity Decision Making in Social and Behavioral Research: Alternative Measures of Dose and Other Considerations.
A North Carolina service for those with questions about Alzheimer disease, other memory disorders, and family care.
Dementia in relation to family caregiver involvement and burden in long-term care.
Community engagement in diverse populations for Alzheimer disease prevention trials.
Resilience in early-stage dementia: Lessons learned from early-stage alzheimer education and support groupsRead Full Text
Differences in assisted living staff perceptions, experiences, and attitudes.
OUTCOMES AND IMPACT: A COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP EXTENDS AN EVIDENCE-BASED EARLY-STAGE ALZHEIMER'S GROUPRead Full Text
Families Matter in Long-Term Care: Results of a Group-Randomized Trial.
Comparing families and staff in nursing homes and assisted living: implications for social work practice.
AN OVERVIEW OF TWO MODELS OF COMMUNITY ARTS-BASED COLLABORATIONS FOR PERSONS WITH DEMENTIA AND THEIR CARE PARTNERSRead Full Text
CONDUCTING A MID-COURSE ASSESSMENT OF THE NORTH CAROLINA REACH INTERVENTION: LESSONS LEARNEDRead Full Text
HOW EQUAL IS THE BURDEN? CHARACTERISTICS AND ATTITUDES OF DIRECT CARE AND ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF IN ASSISTED LIVINGRead Full Text
DIFFERENCES IN STAFF AND FAMILY WELL-BEING IN NURSING HOMES AND ASSISTED LIVINGRead Full Text
FAMILIES MATTER IN LONG-TERM CARE: RESULTS OF A GROUP RANDOMIZED TRIALRead Full Text
FAMILY AND STAFF CAREGIVERS WEIGH IN ON ROLE OF DEMENTIA IN FAMILY INVOLVEMENT AND BURDENRead Full Text
FIDELITY DECISION-MAKING IN LONG-TERM CARE INTERVENTION RESEARCH: A CASE EXAMPLERead Full Text
Advancing Alzheimer's disease diagnosis, treatment, and care: recommendations from the Ware Invitational Summit.
Resilience in aging: Concepts, research, and outcomesRead Full Text
ADAPTING THE REACHII PROGRAM COMPONENTS TO COMMUNITY CONTEXTS: LESSONS LEARNED IN NORTH CAROLINARead Full Text
PROGRAM SATISFACTION AND STRESS REDUCTION AMONG REACH II CAREGIVER PARTICIPANTS: FINDINGS FROM NORTH CAROLINARead Full Text
Video-based coping skills to reduce health risk and improve psychological and physical well-being in Alzheimer's disease family caregivers.
Challenges and opportunities: recruitment and retention of African Americans for Alzheimer disease research: lessons learned.
Dementia Special Care Units in Residential CareRead Full Text
A FAMILY-FRIENDLY ALZHEIMER'S STRATEGIC PLANRead Full Text
Sleep quality varies as a function of 5-HTTLPR genotype and stress.
Spirituality and caring for older family members.
Discontinuing medications for a resident with advanced Alzheimer's DiseaseRead Full Text
Associations among perceptions of social support, negative affect, and quality of sleep in caregivers and noncaregivers.
Complementary and alternative therapies for Alzheimer's disease: A conference summaryRead Full Text
Mood disorders in the medically ill: scientific review and recommendations.
Family care and Alzheimer's disease: what do we know? What can we do?
Social work competencies in palliative and end-of-life care.
How do we assess and determine the mental capacity of our patients with Alzheimer's disease and dementia for consent to conjugal visits with their spouse?Read Full Text
A multinational review of recent trends and reports in dementia caregiver burden.
Promoting a good death for persons with dementia in nursing facilities: family caregivers' perspectives.
Dementia, Religion, and SpiritualityRead Full Text
Physician-patient communication about over-the-counter medications.
Ethnicity and physician-older patient communication about alternative therapies.
Practice parameter: management of dementia (an evidence-based review). Report of the Quality Standards Subcommittee of the American Academy of Neurology.
Physician-Patient Communication About Alternative MedicinesRead Full Text
Family issues in dementia: finding a new normal.
What we have learned from research on case management: The example of services to Alzheimer's and HIV/AIDS clientsRead Full Text
Social issues of the Alzheimer's patient and family.
Alzheimer's disease: Making progress through a multidisciplinary approachRead Full Text
Social issues of the Alzheimer's patient and familyRead Full Text
Treatment of agitation in elderly persons with Dementia: A summary of the expert consensus guidelinesRead Full Text
Care-giver stressRead Full Text
Diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer disease and related disorders. Consensus statement of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry, the Alzheimer's Association, and the American Geriatrics Society.
Early identification of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. Early Identification of Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias Panel.
The perspective of the person with Alzheimer disease: which outcomes matter in early to middle stages of dementia?
When "the family" is not one voice: conflict in caregiving families.
SERVICE DELIVERY AND UTILIZATION - RESEARCH DIRECTIONS AND CLINICAL IMPLICATIONSRead Full Text
Special care unit research: ethical issues.
Special care unit research: ethical issues.
Managing challenging behaviors at home.
ADULT DAY-CARE - THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN FORMAL AND INFORMAL SYSTEMS OF CARE - KIRWIN,PMRead Full Text
ELDER CARE - FAMILY TRAINING AND SUPPORT - BARUSCH,AMRead Full Text
CARE-GIVING IN DEMENTIA - RESEARCH AND APPLICATIONS - JONES,GMM, MIESEN,BMLRead Full Text
ADULT DAY-CARE FOR ALZHEIMERS PATIENTS - IMPACT ON FAMILY CAREGIVERS - GUTTMAN,RARead Full Text
Special care units for persons with dementia.
Practice innovations and research: reconciling the chicken and the egg.
Letting go: separation-individuation in a wife of an Alzheimer's patient.
Day care for persons with dementia: the impact of the physical environment on staff stress and quality of care.
Overcoming barriers. Home care for dementia patients.
The Prevention of Elder Abuse: An Educational ModelRead Full Text
Support Groups for Caregivers of Memory Impaired Elderly: Easing Caregiver BurdenRead Full Text
A prescription for promoting social work research in a university hospital.
Early-onset Alzheimer's disease: clinical predictors of institutionalization and death.
Elder Abuse: Conflict in the FamilyRead Full Text
Failure of long term high-dose lecithin to retard progression of early-onset Alzheimer's disease.
Caregivers for dementia patients: complex determinants of well-being and burden.
Caregiver well-being: a multidimensional examination of family caregivers of demented adults.
Caring for Alzheimer's. Treating behavior as a symptom of illness.
Introduction: What is respite care?
Family therapy and the dementia patient.
Care for the caregivers.
In support of nursing homes.
Curriculum development for geriatric-gerontology training: a problem-solving approach.