Adult day care solutions might protect family caregivers against harmful effects of stress Family caregivers show an increase in the beneficial stress hormone DHEA-S on times when they use an adult day care program for their relatives with dementia, according to experts at Penn Condition and the University of Texas at Austin. DHEA-S handles the harmful effects of cortisol and is associated with better long-term wellness. ‘This is one of the first studies to show that DHEA-S can be modified by an intervention, which in our case, was the use of an adult day care assistance,’ said Steven Zarit, Distinguished Professor of Individual Development and Family Studies, Penn State.This article is usually republished with kind permission from our close friends at The Kaiser Family Foundation. You can view the complete Kaiser Daily Health Policy Report, search the archives, or sign up for email delivery of in-depth coverage of wellness policy developments, debates and discussions. The Kaiser Daily Health Policy Report is released for Kaisernetwork.org, a free of charge support of The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Copyright 2009 Advisory Board Business and Kaiser Family Base.