Caregivers of spouses with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias enjoy life less

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Spouses of husbands and wives with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias 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.”

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