The PI developed a self-directed program to treat late-life anxiety called Breathing,
Relaxation, and Education for Anxiety Treatment in the Home Environment (BREATHE). This
program consists of weekly video lessons that participants watch on digital video disc (DVD)
along with weekly telephone check-ins. In BREATHE participants will learn two behavioral
interventions: diaphragmatic breathing and progressive muscle relaxation (PMR). The purpose
of the study is to examine whether the self-directed BREATHE program is superior to a wait
list control in reducing anxiety in older adults with anxiety disorders. For those assigned
to wait list control, they will be offered opportunity to participate in BREATHE treatment
after 8 weeks of wait list.
- Participants have a diagnosis of an anxiety disorder, specifically, Generalized
Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Agoraphobia, Social Anxiety Disorder or Anxiety
Disorder Unspecified/Other Specified).
- Participants speak English.
- Diagnosis of Dementia
- Probable presence of significant cognitive impairment according to a brief cognitive
- Serious mental illness (schizophrenia, psychosis, bipolar disorder)