Factors in at-home care for dementia

Neuropsychiatric symptoms (especially apathy), caregiver stress, and caregiver’s sense of competence are predictors of time to institutionalization for young onset dementia sufferers. This study from the Netherlands found young onset dementia patients are cared for longer at home (eight years) as opposed to the four years found in those with late onset dementia. Support programs for caregivers are vital during that pre-institutionalization period. (Free abstract only.)

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Journal of the American Medical Directors Association

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