Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Case Western Reserve University Study Finds Caregivers Of Spouses With Dementia Enjoy Life Less

Spouses of husbands and wives with dementia pay an emotional toll as
they care for their ailing spouse. This has prompted a call for new
interventions and strategies to assist caregivers in coping with the
demands of this difficult time, according to a study from Case Western
Reserve University's Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences.

"Caregivers have a long exposure to stresses and losses from the
dementia and fatigue that comes from caring for their spouses, so they
experience fewer positive emotions," said Kathryn Betts Adams,
assistant professor of social work at the Mandel School. "Some may have
feelings of guilt about participating in activities with friends or in
the community when their loved ones are no longer able to do so."

Adams added that caregivers also report sadness and loneliness.

1 comment:

Juan said...

A lot of caregivers can get help by placing their spouse in an adult day care center. The afflicted spouse can have a day of socialization, activities and nursing care, while the primary caregiver can take a day for themselves without having to worry about their loved one, knowing he or she is well taken care of and enjoying a different environment.
For the nearest adult day care center, you can do a google search for adult day care in your city.

Dr. Juan Grana