Friday, August 15, 2008

One-quarter of spouses of those with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, depressed

CLEVELAND, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Spouses of husbands and wives with Alzheimer's and other dementias, pay a high emotional toll as they care for their ailing spouse, Case Western Reserve University researchers say.

Kathryn Betts Adams analyzed data from spouse caregivers and compared their responses to non-caregivers at the symptom level to determine which symptoms were especially common.

The study involved 391 caregivers and 226 non-caregivers from the Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals Alzheimer's Disease Research Center.

After factoring for age, gender...

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