WHY CLOSENESS HELPS
ANCHOR LEAD: DO CAREGIVERS WHO FEEL CLOSER GIVE BETTER CARE? ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS.
Why is it that people with Alzheimer’s disease who are taken care of by someone who feels close to them don’t progress as quickly, as a recent Johns Hopkins study found? Constantine Lyketsos, study author and Alzheimer’s expert, examines the possibilities.
LYKETSOS: One possibility is that caregivers of people with dementia who are close to them simply are more attentive to their medical care. They make sure they go to their doctor appointments, they take their medicines, etcetera. Another possibility is that closer feeling caregivers spend more time with the patient, keep them more active, socially engaged, involve them in life’s activities, which may be the way through which this helps. :26
Yet another possibility is that such caregivers are more gentle and patient with their charges, thus resulting in less problematic behavior. Lyketsos and colleagues plan to study the factors in a subsequent study. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.