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'Grief is factor which most affects Alzheimer's caregivers'

'Grief is factor which most affects Alzheimer's caregivers'
7th March 2008

A new study has found that it is grief not the everyday practical challenges which poses the biggest problem for carers looking after Alzheimer's patients.

Those looking after a loved one with Alzheimer's are affected by the emotional impact of losing their patient's support and companionship, stated researchers from the University of Indianapolis.

Professor Jacquelyn Frank gathered responses to the question "What would you say is the biggest barrier you have faced as a caregiver?" from more than 400 individuals giving care to a dementia patient – most of them spouses or adult children of the sufferer.

Analysis found that 80 per cent of answers centred on losing a person they loved or their partner forgetting them.

Other common themes found in responses were patients' difficult behaviour and loss of personal time and freedom.

According to the Alzheimer's Society, two thirds of people with dementia live in the community while one third live in a care home.

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