Caregivers of dementia patients may also suffer cognitive decline

05/15/2011 | HealthDay News

Spouse caregivers of patients with dementia had a higher risk of cognitive problems themselves, which could affect their quality of life and ability to care for their spouse, according to a study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. Researchers attributed the increased risk to factors such as diet, depression, isolation and lack of sleep, noting that caregivers need support to relieve their psychological stress and to help them adopt healthy behaviors.

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