Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Dementia spouses have increased risk

People married to someone with dementia are six times more likely than other people to develop the condition themselves. Researchers from Utah State University studied elderly couples where one of the partners had dementia. They took into account environmental factors and suggested that it was the stress of looking after someone with dementia that raised the risk in the spouses. Carers often report that looking after someone with dementia is more demanding than caring for someone with physical disabilities.

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